Just weeks after the launching of the anti – Martial Law textbook launch in Cebu, a protest of the same nature happens in Bacolod City.
Survivors of martial law and activists organizes the protest actions on Wednesday. This was synchronized in the cities of Bacolod and Iloilo to mark the 44th anniversary its declaration. It also denounces plans to bury the remains of dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes Cemetery.
About 50 of around 1,000 victims of martial law brought indemnification claims against the Marcos estate. This is allegedly for the abuses they suffered during the martial law days. The Fountain of Justice on Araneta Street is the venue of the protest.
Marcos not a Hero
Streamers say: “Marcos not a Hero” and “Justice for the victims of martial law.”
The joiners claimed that they are elatives of victims of extrajudicial killings, imprisonment, and torture during martial law.
In Iloilo City, about 70 activists, including martial law victims, held a rally at Plazoletaga to oppose the burial of Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani.
They carried placards and streamers denouncing the refusal of the Marcoses to acknowledge widespread torture, killing and other human rights violations during martial law and the culpability of their family for those
Rallies in Bicol
In Bicol, members of militant groups allied with Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) held rallies in the six provinces in the region to demand justice for victims of human rights violations during martial law.
Vince Casilihan, spokesperson for Bayan, said rallies were held in the cities of Naga in Camarines Sur province, Legazpi in Albay, Sorsogon in Sorsogon province, and Masbate in Masbate province, and in the towns of Virac in Catanduanes province and Daet in Camarines Norte.
In Cagayan de Oro City, people who were not even born yet when martial law was declared joined those who have experienced state brutality in a march-rally to mark the anniversary of martial law.
Deemz Badilla, 18, a community development student at Tagoloan Community College in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental province, and Anakbayan area coordinator, had to skip class so she could participate in the protest to condemn the atrocities of martial law.
“I don’t want it to happen again during my generation. I hope President Rodrigo Duterte will not declare it,” Badilla said referring to talks that the President is considering on proclaiming a state of martial rule in the country.