MENDOZA, Rosalie G.

Rosalie became a student activist in 1970 and decided to drop out from school and stow away from home to become a full-time activist in 1971.  She lived at the Kabataang Makabayan HQ along Quezon Blvd.

Before martial law was declared, we recruited her to help us in our territorial work in Cagayan province.  We  started our relationship after martial law.  Early 1973,  a lot us got wanted by the military authorities.  We returned to Manila and accepted assignment in Barrio Magsaysay.  After a month, I was captured after a betrayal.  Rosalie was pregnant at the time and she had to seek refuge with family so she can deliver our first child safely.

When I was released from detention in 1974, we continued with underground work--doing support work for Northeast Luzon (NEL) up to 1979.  We soon changed to international work from 1980 to 1985.

After the ouster of Marcos, Rosalie joined the Volunteers for Popular Democracy.  She immediately transferred and became full-time staff member of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) in early 1987.  She will transfer to the Ecumenical Movement for Justice and Peace (EMJP) around 1989.  

When the party split in  1992 and I was one of those considered as apostate, Rosalie was adversely affected simply because she was my wife.  In short, it was difficult for her to stay in EMJP.

After some rest, Rosalie joined the staff of a feminist organization--ISIS International around 1996.  However, health problems led her to eventually resign from ISIS after several years.

She had to go through therapy to hear her ailing knees.  When she felt better, she joined the staff of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform (IPER) from 2008 to 2010. Monitoring the 2010 general elections was her last major activity with IPER.

 

by Amado M. Mendoza, Jr., Ph.D.
Professor, Political Science & International Studies
University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City

 

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