MANILA, Philippines – Martial Law victims, progressive groups, students, and politicians came together on a rainy Sunday morning, August 14 to urge President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the planned burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Protesters from different beliefs and party affiliations, donned in white shirts, gathered at the Lapu-Lapu monument in Luneta Park in Manila to press that “Marcos is not a hero.”
The strong rains did not hinder the peaceful rally led by iconic martial law victims such as former Senator Wigberto Tañada and former Commission on Human Rights Chair Etta Rosales.
Academicians such as economist Winnie Monsod and historian Ricardo Jose gave a lecture why the late strongman is not entitled to a slot at the national shrine.
Also present in the event are members and allies of the Liberal Party: defeated presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II, Senators Leila de Lima, Risa Hontiveros and Bam Aquino, Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr, and Albay First District Representative Edcel Lagman.
Roxas said former President Benigno Aquino III is just monitoring the event.
Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler
Photo by martin San Diego/Rappler
The Coalition Against Marcos Burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (CAMB-LNMB), which organized the event, said this will be a first of a series of demonstrations before the set interment in September. – Rappler.com