By DEE AYROSO
Tags: marcos burial
During the #BlackFriday protest held at the Rizal Park, youth leaders pay tribute to the Martial Law activists who fought the Marcos dictatorship and vow to carry on the fight against and unjust system that favors the ruling elite and oppresses the poor and the marginalized. Video and Editing by ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Martial law veterans — although far from retiring — are assured of a future where the once-called “smartphone zombie” millenials are out on the streets, fighting the good fight they never stopped waging.
The Libingan ng mga Bayani is not, as its name suggests, literally a heroes’ cemetery. Soldiers, policemen, and former Philippine presidents can be buried there, apparently on the tenuous presumption that by having worn a police or military uniform, or being elected to the Philippine presidency, an individual becomes a hero — meaning an exemplar…
In various cities throughout the country, ordinary citizens join protest actions against the hasty burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Martial law activists and youths call on the public to join the fight in the arena which the Marcoses cannot control: the streets.
“…in the end you cannot cheat history. History will not err in its judgement because no matter how you fabricate achievements, glorify events or conceal truths, a true people’s history will eventually unmask the fake heroes and the judgement on them will be harsh and severe.” — Renato Constantino, September 24, 1975 Finally, the Marcoses…
“This is like a slap on Carhrihl – the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law – a slap on human rights.”
Three universities united in a historic protest on a shared road.
“We cannot accept the rehabilitation of the Marcoses, and their kind of leadership based on swindling, lies, deception.”
Thirty short years after the downfall of the dictator Marcos, the Marcoses are back with a vengeance. And soon, they hope, all traces of their disgraceful exit from Malacañang will be expunged from public memory. The hated despot — the villain who wrought so much suffering on our people, the crook who sold the country…