Baguio joins nationwide Black Friday protest

By OLGA LAUZON
www.nordis.net

BAGUIO CITY — Students, teachers, survivors and other groups and sectors in here participated in the nationwide demonstration of rage and condemnation for the underhanded burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, at Skyworld Session Road this November 25, 2016.

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The protest was by far the largest among the series of activities led by Tontongan Ti Umili – Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) as indignation to the purported role of the government to the events that lead to Marcos’ abrupt and secluded burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) last November 18. The program reiterated that Marcos has already been proven guilty for his crimes against the Filipinos and this verdict was expressed during his impeachment in 1986.

Anakbayan – Metro Baguio Secretary General Luke Bagangan, wanted to answer the arguments to the youth’s anti-Marcos stance. He said that the youth resolutely oppose the Marcoses because of the plunder and anti-people policies ratified during Marcos’ regime that made ordinary Filipinos suffer until today.

Further, Bagangan holds that participating in anti-Marcos mobilizations is not disrespecting the law, it was a matter of the people striving for democracy once again from the rule of a few, and their system of oppression. He challenged the youth that under these conditions, if they wish to realize their aspirations, they should learn from the genuine heroism of the Filipinos who overthrew a dictatorship.

Joanna Cariño, Martial Law survivor and Samahan ng mga Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto – North Luzon (SELDA-NL) Chairperson, shared her experiences during Martial Law and what the conditions of Cordillera was during the period.

She stated that the ones to be blamed for the travesty of history are President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for allowing the burial as a campaign promise; the nine Supreme Court Justices that confined themselves with technicalities and refused to learn from history; and the Marcoses who have been trying to revise history.

Ricca Llanes from Innabuyog-Gabriella pointed out that in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW), it is necessary to commemorate the women who are victims and martyrs of Martial Law, whose memories are being once again violated with Marcos’ recognition as a hero. She also highlighted that the violence committed against women during Martial Law are still experienced today.

Llanes concluded with a message to Pres. Duterte that should he push through with the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus and declare Martial Law, the women and mass movement would not hesitate to exact judgement through people power and oust him like Marcos.

Tracy Dumalo from TTU-CPA challenged the audience, composed mostly by students, “Magalit, lumaban, makialam, mag-aral at suriin ang lipunan. Gamitin ang utak para sa ikabubuti ng bayan at mamamayan.”

To end the program, she left a warning that this is only the first among many steps that the Marcoses will make to return to Malacanang and completely erase their transgressions from history. # nordis.net

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