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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Thousands join protest condemning Marcos burial

THOUSANDS of protesters from different organizations and universities braved the rain to express rage and indignation against the late president Ferdinand Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).

Joining the massive protest at Rizal Park are students from University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, University of Sto. Tomas, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Miriam College, De La Salle University, Araullo High School and Batasan High School.

The National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL), women's group Gabriela, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Bayan, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas also joined the rally dubbed as Black Friday protest, the movement which they claimed to be the biggest and most widespread protest since the dictator was booted out of power in 1986.

The petitioners who earlier asked the Supreme Court to reverse President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to accord the dictator a hero's burial, former Bayan Muna Representatives Atty. Neri Colmenares and Saturnino Ocampo were also present in the event.

During the opening program, Colmenares, a human rights violation victim during the Martial Law, urged President Rodrigo Duterte to reverse the burial.

"May magagawa si presidente Duterte kung gusto na niyang tanggalin ang presidente bilang isa sa mga pwedeng ilibing doon," he said.

Colmenares said there will be no reconciliation if the Marcos will not apologize for the atrocities that happened during the Martial Law.

"Paano magkakaroon ng reconciliation eh ni hindi ina-acknowledge ng mga Marcoses na may human rights violation at plunder nung Martial Law," he said.

Colmenares said this is not just a fight against Macros but against the return of the Marcoses to power.

"Laban ito para 'di makabalik ang mga Marcos sa pulitikang poder," Colmenares said.

Director Joel Lamangan, former Senators Wigberto Tañada and Rene Saguisag, and Activist Juana Change also joined the protest. (Sunnex)
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