MARIO “Mayong Mag-uuma” MUNDIN AUXILLO (1957-2007)
Poet. Orator. Peasant Organizer. Freedom Fighter.
It is definitely one of the saddest ironies that life has offered the world today, June 17, 2007.
He is supposed to be celebrating father’s day with his beautiful daughter.
Instead, amidst fighting rain and sunshine, Mario Mundin Auxillo died today inside his room at the Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital in Tagbilaran City.
Born as the sixth child of ten on January 19, 1957 to a clan of rich peasants, Mayong for his family, close friends, colleagues and comrades devoted most of his well-lived life to the people’s struggle in Bohol and the rest of Central Visayas.
Despite having earned a degree in AB Political Science from the University Of Bohol, he chose to walk to the road less traveled and served the people.
In 1986, three years after earning his college degree, he was elected as 1st councilor of their Barangay, Mabuhay Cabiguhan, Trinidad town.
He eventually resigned from his post and joined the provincial federation of peasants in Bohol, Hugpong sa Mag-uumang Bol-anon (HUMABOL-KMP) and worked with the organization full-time. He then became one of the active organizers of the successful Trinidad-Talibon Integrated Farmers Association (TTIFA) which fought for land occupation.
He was elected Secretary-General a year later, consequently becoming the spokesperson of HUMABOL.
Since then, Mayong became one of the more popular peasant organizers in his time as he willingly worked in the different rural communities in the province of Bohol and in Cebu.
He was also a founding member of the board of the Central Visayas Farmers Development Center, Inc., one of the most respected institutions in the Visayas.
Mayong’s death is definitely part of the state’s program to eliminate activists and freedom fighters.
His gunman is Hilario Mandahao Diola, a member of the anti-communist vigilante group Alimaong. Accordingly, he is also a known asset of the Philippine Army’s 15th Infantry Battalion.
It can be remembered that Mayong has been one of the consistent targets of the black propaganda campaign of the state during the elections. He was identified in the leaflets and caricatures scattered all over the province as a communist terrorist.
Knowing the ever grim and determined Mayong though, it did not falter him.
He even ran for Board Member in the 2nd district of the Province although he lost.
Before his death, Mayong was working with the different peasant and fisher folk’s organizations in the municipalities of Dagohoy, San Miguel, Trinidad, Talibon and
Bien Unido, where he was shot three times in June 15, 10:30p.m.
As a Bayan Muna personality, Mayong was the regional coordinator for Central Visayas in 2002-2004 and the Provincial Secretary General of Bayan Muna Bohol when he died on June 17, 2007 at around 10:00a.m.
If there is one thing one can easily notice upon talking with Mayong is his down to earth charisma and wit that can send the most serious person rolling on the floor laughing.
His jokes were also always in the hit during gatherings because of their exact timing and his physical antics along with the delivery.
Honestly, one of the first things that will come to the mind of his colleagues, friends and comrades now is him being a comic.
It can be because he had the gift of words. He was a poet and orator.
He has written a number of poetry of the struggle of the people and the long-awaited victory of the masses, mostly in the Visayan language.
During his school days and even when he was already a full-time activist, he was always receiving recognitions for his poetry.
As for his oratorical skills, it was shown through his speeches delivered during mobilizations, demonstrations and organizational gatherings.
In fact, when he was already the one holding the microphone, everybody listen.
That is another reason why peasants and fisher folks alike always look for Mayong when he wasn’t around.
Like other comrades who fell prey to the evil powers of this terrorist state, Mayong will never be forgotten.
Long live the People’s struggle!