Everyone is invited to attend a public tribute in honor of Medardo “Ka Roda” Roda on Feb. 14, 2009, 4:30 pm at the garden of Bulwagang Bonifacio (SOLAIR), UP Diliman.
Ka Roda was the longtime chair of the transport group Piston, giving a face to our transport workers and fighting with and for them for the longest time. He has since “retired” and has been honored as Piston’s chair emeritus.
He is famous for articulating the demands of transport workers for rollbacks of the prices of oil products, his critique of the oil cartel and the excessive government fees and unfair policies slapped against drivers. Today, Ka Roda is frail and sick. Strokes have affected his body and speech, as you can notice in the way he talks. He looked terribly affected at the wake of his comrade Rep. Crispin Beltran last year:
A highlight of Saturday’s tribute program will be the showing of “Ruta ni Ka Roda”, a film by Kodao Productions which was written, directed and edited by Risa Jopson.
Ka Roda, of course, will be there, together with his family.
The tribute is organized by Kodao Productions in cooperation with Piston.