By: Elena Grace Flores
Loretta “Etta” Rosales, form Commission on Human Rights chair desperately tried to get the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte’s government and the public to discourage the burial of the late Ferdinand Marcos in the heroes’ cemetery or “Libingan ng mga Bayani” – because he was not a hero.
Etta blamed the former President for the killings that happened during Martial Law just because he was the President at that time. This will not be different at present during Duterte’s time. Killings of alleged drug criminals are escalating because of his “shoot to kill order” on the basis of self defense. Families of the fatalities often denied the accusations that the dead were engaged in a gun battle with the police.
Duterte’s supporters will justify his drastic actions for the promise of changing for the better- but the only change happening right now is the return of the media propaganda that can destroy Duterte’s presidency like that of Marcos’. The media will continue covering these deaths and will blame the injustices done to Duterte like what CHR did.