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Martial Law activists call on youth to remember horrors of dictatorship

PROGRESSIVE groups marched to Mendiola last Wednesday, September 21, to mark the 44th year since dictator Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law and to press their opposition to talk of another military rule in the country.

Martial Law survivors and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultants narrated their torture under Martial Law and called for the release of current political prisoners numbering more than 500.

First Quarter Storm Movement chairperson Bonifacio Ilagan said that tyranny has not been completely eliminated by the ouster of Marcos in 1986. Read more

‘Never again to Martial Law’ survivors say

SURVIVORS of Martial Law marched to Mendiola last September 21 to press their demand for justice on the 44th anniversary of its declaration.

They were joined by recently-released National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultants who themselves were victims of the Marcos dictatorship.

The activists also reiterated their opposition to the burial of the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Read more

Martial Law victims file petition vs Marcos burial as hero

Martial Law victims filed a petition before the Supreme Court yesterday opposing President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery of Heroes).

The petitioners said that the Philippines will be a laughing stock of the rest of the world if a president it ousted in 1986 for his gross human rights violations, corruption and immorality would be honored as a hero 30 years later.

Marcos is set to be buried at the cemetery in September. Read more

Enraged protesters push back police at EDSA 30th anniv commemoration

Enraged by the unexplained decision to prevent them from commemorating the 30th anniversary of the People Power uprising, militant groups overpowered the Philippine National Police to reach the EDSA Shrine at the corner of the famous thoroughfare and Ortigas Avenue.

Waiting their turn after the official program led by President Benigno Aquino this morning, the protesters led by groups such as Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Kilusang Mayo Uno and the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses in Malacañang (CARMMA) wanted to march all the way to the shrine but the police tried to block them.

During their own program, the groups took turns warning about the possible return of dictator Ferdinand Marcos’s family to Malacañan Palace with Ferdinand Jr.’s vice presidential bid in the coming national elections.

They also condemned the police actions as reminiscent of Martial Law policies.