MANILA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) – Anti-Marcos protesters will again occupy the People Power Monument on Wednesday, November 30, to push their opposition to the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery).
The Coalition Against Marcos' Burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (CAMB-LNMB) will hold the Bonifacio Day gathering from 4 pm to midnight at the People Power Monument, at the corner of EDSA and White Plains Avenue in Quezon City.
Simutaneously, anti-Marcos rallies will be held in key cities nationwide and few cities abroad.
This is the second major rally staged by mostly young people since the hurried burial of the dictator on November 18. Thousands showed up at the Luneta in a grand rally on November 28, where leftist organizations called on President Duterte to end his alliance with the Marcoses.
People attending the November 30 event are asked to wear black, as they did during their first gathering at the shrine, where protesters peaked at 3,000 as they expressed their dismay at the Marcos family and President Rodrigo Duterte, who allowed the state interment.
These are the scheduled rallies for November 30. We are updating this list as advisories come in:
Lucena City, Quezon
Legazpi City, Albay
Bacolod, Negros Occidental
On Tuesday, the Marcoses, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Malacañang Palace were ordered by the Supreme Court to explain in 10 days why they should not be held in contempt for surreptitiously burying the former president when the SC order was not yet final and executory. (READ: Post-Marcos burial rage: Rallies to go on until Nov 30)
Various groups have blamed President Rodrigo Duterte for allowing the burial. The military said the Marcos family informed them only at 5 pm, November 17, a day ahead of the event. Preparation, said the military, was kept discreet, as requested by the family. (READ: Behind the scenes: 12 hours to prepare for Marcos burial)
Aside from the rally at the monument, the Block Marcos group will also troop to the national shrine on Bonifacio Day to reiterate that only heroes like Andres Bonifacio are worthy of being buried there.
In a statement posted on their Facebook page on Tuesday, November 22, CAMB said it welcomes all "freedom-loving citizens" and groups "whether they be from the Left, or supporters of the previous administration" who are one with their cause.
"CAMB believes this is the only condition by which we can truly forge a united front against the immediate foe: the Marcos family and their efforts at twisting historical facts to suit their return to power, with Duterte as their enabling agent," the group said in a statement posted on its Facebook page on Tuesday, November 22.
"After Duterte's victory, this burial became a unilateral, undemocratic exercise of presidential prerogative in total and absolute defiance of the people's collective disgust and continued pursuit of justice for the Marcos family's crimes," the group also said.
"Because with this treacherous glorification of the dictator, patalikod tayong sinaksak ng Duterte administration gamit ang punyal ng panakaw na paglilibing (we were stabbed in the back using the dagger of the surreptitious burial)," it added. – Rappler.com