Widespread outrage over hurried Marcos burial

Activists burn ousted Dictator Marcos "head" at the end of the protest in front of UP-PGH along Taft avenue, Manila. Photo by Dee Ayroso/Bulatlat)
Activists burn ousted Dictator Marcos “head” at the end of the protest in front of UP-PGH along Taft avenue, Manila. (Photo by Dee Ayroso/Bulatlat)

“This hasty burial today proves how the Marcoses fear the people’s protest.”

MANILA – Enraged activists gathered in various protest points all over the country today, to express indignation at the hurried burial of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery) in Taguig City at noon today, Nov. 18.

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Protest in Philcoa, along Commonwealth avenue in Quezon city (Photo by Ronalyn Olea/Bulatlat)

In Metro Manila, hundreds of progressives went out into the streets at noon to join the #BlackFriday protests: along Taft avenue in Manila, in Philcoa along Commonwealth avenue in Quezon City, in Monumento in Caloocan City, in Marikina City and in Alabang Plaza in Muntinlupa city. Students of the UP-Los Baños in Laguna province also held a unity walk at noon, condemning the burial.

Recalling the horrors of martial law attributed to Marcos, activists also pointed their anger at President Duterte who supported the Marcos family’s wish, and the Supreme Court which recently ruled allowing the burial, which progressives said leads to “perversion” of history and the nation’s values.

Photo by Dee Ayroso/Bulatlat)
Students comprised most of those protesting in Manila Photo by Dee Ayroso/Bulatlat)

“This burial today proves how the Marcoses fear the people’s protest,” said martial law survivor Bonifacio Ilagan of the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses in Malacañang (Carmma). He called the burial “an official rehabilitation of the Marcoses.”

“He was buried in LNMB,and government itself recognizes him, thru the Supreme Court and thru the sitting president, Rodrigo Duterte, giving political capital for Bongbong Marcos to run — not as vice president — but as president in the next elections,” Ilagan said.

TOMBSTONE for the Dictator. (Photo by Dee Ayroso/Bulatlat)
TOMBSTONE for the Dictator. (Photo by Dee Ayroso/Bulatlat)

Ilagan cited the suspicions held by many since 1993, when Marcos’s remains was brought from Hawaii to his hometown in Ilocos Sur province, four years after he died in 1989.

“With this burial of a body — if it is indeed a body, because some says it’s only a wax replica and the real body has been buried in Batac… Whatever it is, it is proof that the Marcoses have lived and maintained themselves through faking and lying, and this is what they have imposed upon us: history that is not true, values that are perverted,” he said.

In front of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), hospital workers along with medical students, martial law activists and other progressives lined up along Taft avenue, chanting “Marcos no hero! No honor!”

Photo by Dee Ayroso/Bulatlat)
Photo by Dee Ayroso/Bulatlat)

“The issue here is not just about burying one body or following the whim of a family – but about the Marcosian line of thought that the country will only develop under the rule of one strongman, and that this leader cannot be questioned because he has all the ‘good intentions,’” he said, apparently hinting at Duterte’s own notorious statements about killings and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

“As Marcos used to say: “I know what is good, I know what is right,” and declared himself president, legislator, judiciary and all. This line of thought will continue if we do not resist this official rehabilitation,” Ilagan said.

Photo by Dee Ayroso/Bulatlat)
(Photo by Dee Ayroso/Bulatlat)

Timothy Rivero, a campus journalist of the publication “The Torch” of the Philippine Normal University, called the Marcos burial “a crime against the teaching profession.”
“How can we teach this to students? How can we explain about martial law, when the government itself recognized and honored him (Marcos)?” he said.

Vendors of Rizal Park and students of the Technological University of the Philippines line up along Taft avenue in Luneta, Manila (Photo courtesy of Kathy Yamzon)
Vendors of Rizal Park and students of the Technological University of the Philippines line up along Taft avenue in Luneta, Manila (Photo courtesy of Kathy Yamzon)

“We mourn today, we rage, because this is a dark time in our history. But we will also hold this system accountable for giving birth to regimes which all benefited from Marcos’s legacy, and has now rehabilitated the Marcoses,” said Tinay Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan.

“Government has turned its back on the people, just like how it continues to implement neoliberal policies of privatization of education and health services,” said George Jimenez, a UP Manila student leader, during the protest. He recalled how the now-underground youth organization Kabataang Makabayan was formed in 1964 and later mobilized scores of youths to fight during martial law.

“Even when government has turned its back on us, the youths and the people will rise up to fight the decaying state,” he said.

Protesting health workers at UP-PGH carry an image of Dr. Johnny Escandor, who joined the New People's Army and was abducted and killed, his briefs stuffed into his skull during martial law. (Photo by Dee Ayroso/Bulatlat)
Protesting health workers at UP-PGH carry an image of Dr. Johnny Escandor, who joined the New People’s Army and was abducted and killed by the military during martial law. When his body was found, his briefs were stuffed inside his skull. (Photo by Dee Ayroso/Bulatlat)

Photo by Dee Ayroso/Bulatlat)
(Photo by Dee Ayroso/Bulatlat)

'MASAY' MAKING A STAND. Students of the Manila Science High School along Taft avenue led by the student council and campus journalists of the publications The Nucleus and Ang Ubod also held a protest on Nov. 18. (Photo courtesy of the Manila Science High School SSG 2016-2017)
‘MASAY’ MAKING A STAND. Students of the Manila Science High School along Taft avenue led by the student council and campus journalists of the publications The Nucleus and Ang Ubod also held a protest on Nov. 18. (Photo courtesy of the Manila Science High School SSG 2016-2017)

BURN. Protesters in Monumento. Caloocan City burn Marcos's image (Photo courtesy of Kathy Yamzon)
BURN. Protesters in Monumento. Caloocan City burn Marcos’s image (Photo courtesy of Kathy Yamzon)

Text by DEE AYROSO
Photos by KATHY YAMZON, RONALYN OLEA, MANILA SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL SSG 2016-2017 and DEE AYROSO
(Updated Nov. 20, 2016)(http://bulatlat.com)

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  1. Watch out and may our good Lord Jesus Christ forbid it, gradually, King
    Bong-bong would buy his way to power through his partner, the slimy and cunning
    Dugong Duterte and the member of Justices of the Supreme Court! Pray for VP Leni Robredo. Her position as VP might be plundered. Du-Dirty is bloody minion and following the course of evil of MARCOS, THE MONSTER OF MARTIAL LAW!

    For sure the Marcos’ ill gotten money of at least $10 Billion is a means to buy justice and power. The Filipino people have been sold out! Your invisible ruler is the son of infamous plunderer, murderer, and the monster of the MARTIAL LAW!

    The BURIAL OF THE REMAINS OF MARCOS DISPLAYS THE ARROGANCE AND PRIDE OF THE MARCOS CRIME FAMILY. THEY BOUGHT THE SUPREME COURT OF IN-JUSTICE BY BLOOD MONEY–$$$ PLUNDERED, STOLEN FORCEFULLY AND ILLEGALLY FROM THE FILIPINO PEOPLE!

  2. Who is teaching these young generation? Or funding these? LET’S MOVE ON AND BE UNITED..WALANG MANGYAYARI…ITS BEEN A LONG LONG TIME..LET’S FORGIVE…

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