A COALITION of former martial law detainees in Northern Luzon is set to conduct a symposium today, April 23 to campaign against the vice presidential bid of Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
Spearheaded by the Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainee Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (Selda), the symposium with a theme, ‘A Lesson in History: Never Again to Martial Law’ will be held at the at the Centennial Hall of the University of Baguio starting 9 a.m.
Selda-Northern Luzon Chairperson Joanna Cariño said the symposium is a joint celebration ahead to the Cordillera Day on April 24, 2016, and as a commemoration for the death of Macliing Dulag, a prominent leader of the peoples’ staunch opposition to the Marcos and World Bank-funded Chico River dams.
Dulag was brutally killed by soldiers belonging to the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division in the village of Bugnay, Tinglayan, Kalinga due to his opposition to the dam, according to Cariño.
The event is expected to be attended by the political prisoners from Ilocos and Cagayan, members of the media, youth, students and other victims of the Marcos’ dictatorship.
Cariño said testimonies will be delivered as a form of their campaign against the return to Malacañang of a younger Marcos.
Aside from the symposium, the group will also recognize Lorenzo Tañada and Jose Diokno, who provided free legal assistance to the ex-detainees and to serve as a reunion of the survivors of Martial Law and human rights lawyers who stood during the era.
Cariño added a photo exhibit from Bantayog ng mga Bayani will be held displaying 21 photos of the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses at the University of Baguio.
“We wanted to inform those who still don’t know much about the history specially the youth to learn the real story behind Martial Law,” Cariño closed. <(With reports from Mary Rose Torda/Mariano Marcos State University Intern)