A SOLDIER'S JOURNEY.....
The Movement was
founded by a group of junior military officers who were disgruntled by the
patronage politics and corruption in the Armed Forces of the Philippines in
1980. The RAM officers, most of whom were graduates of the Philippine Military
Academy Class of 1971, 1972, and 1978, cultivated their careers during the
Martial Law Years (September 21, 1972 to January 17, 1981) during the
dictatorship Ferdinand E. Marcos. As young graduates
who joined the ranks of the military, these officers were tasked by the Marcos
administration to execute its dictatorial powers. From being an
apolitical and professional organization, the AFP during the Marcos
administration became highly politicized, and promotions were given not through
merit but through affiliation or patronage - in the Philippines this is better
known as the Padrino System. The PMA
Class of 1971 Matatag, spearheaded the struggle of RAM to "reform the
service, foster nationalism and patriotism, and fight against corruption and
criminal activities " As well as tackle the problem of favoritism,
incompetence, and corruption in senior leadership." RAM became public in
1985 during the alumni homecoming of the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio
City. It was during the parade that members of Class of '71 came out with a
banner saying "We Belong" to
the bewildered crowd. "We Belong" meant that they were with the ranks
of the RAM.
After the 1989 coup,
the movement became inactive, it was registered at the Security and Exchange Commission as REBOLUSYONARYONG ALYANSANG MAKABANSA FOUNDATION, Most of the
officers were granted amnesty by the
RAMOS administration some even get positions from the government.
In 2004 a young officer emerged, an idealistic and principled Class '78 West Point graduate. He was voted by the RAM Executive committee as the National Chairman of the Movement. Bgen. Danilo D. Lim , a young blood who continued to fight for what is TRUE, JUST and RIGHT. He was part of a series of coup attempts to fight for good governance. He was jailed for almost seven years. When he was granted amnesty by the Aquino Administration on 2010, he ordered one of his trusted comrades to re-activate the Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa (RAM) and have it registered as REBOLUSYONARYONG ALYANSANG MAKABANSA INC. and RAMGUARDIANS INC. (RGI) It's nature is a social movement that functions like an ( NGO ) Non- Government Organization or People's Organization (PO). RAM INC., and RAMGUARDIANS INC., objectives is to unify fraternal organizations like Young Officers Union ( YOU ), Soldier of the Filipino People ( SFP ), GUARDIANS , local and International organizations, movements that shares same aspirations and objectives with RAMGUARDIANS, and to involve them in socio-civic projects to help in their respective communities, to promote PEACE, UNITY and PROSPERITY for our country and its people thru constitutional, legal, democratic and non-violence means. RAM AND RAMGUARDIANS Incorporated was opened for civilian membership, in response to the rampant corrupt practices in our government and private agencies, we have to educate our people to help for the good of our country. The recruitment of new RAM members started in Visayas and Mindanao, until it reached Luzon. The respect for the previous RAM members was still observed by the new RAM and RAMGUARDIANS , but the decision making comes from the National Chairman and its National officers. The main advocacy of the movement is to fight graft & corruption , protect our environment and natural resources, and the rest is history…….......