In the place where heroes were built monuments, Filipinos gather to stop a former president from being turned into one.

In the Lapu-Lapu monument in Rizal Park, hundreds of Filipinos gathered to protest the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

The turnout was smaller than expected. It included survivors of martial law, human rights activists, legislators, artists, clergy, students and ordinary citizens who held a three-hour program at the foot of the Lapu-Lapu monument.

Tortures, tales of Martial Law resurface in Marcos burial protest
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They urged President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his plan to move Marcos’ remains.
“We would be the laughingstock of the entire planet,” said Sen. Risa Hontiveros, one of the legislators who took part in the “citizens’ assembly.”

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Of the hundreds that came, a large amount were people who have gone through the martial law days.

In the protest, the stories of that era once again resurfaced.

Among the protestors was Ping Martija, 76, who claimed that  he was fearing that democracy will once again be cut short. He said he was saddened by the fact that the younger generation are not being educated about martial law.

Another protestor was Rose Hidalgo who claimed that she had to care for her newborn child in the dark.

 “Nanganak ako noong September 19, 1972…noong 21 nag-blackout,” she recalled. “Talagang dark era noon”.
“Masama ang loob ko na maraming kabataan ang nagsasabing kalimutan na lang” she said.

60,000 were arrested in the first year of martial law. These victims were electrocuted in their body and genitals, burned with cigarettes and flat irons, strangled, peppers were rubbed in their genitals. Women were sexually assaulted.

At the end of the era, 70,000 were victims of imprisonment, rape, torture and murder.
At the present however, the government of Duterte claims that despite these horrific incidents, Marcos deserves to be a hero because he was a Filipino president and a war hero. MJM

Source/s: Rappler, Rappler, Inquirer 

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