When the Supreme Court decided that the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ remains were eligible for burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the Marcoses and their loyal supporters rejoiced over the news. They said that this is good for national healing and unity and that it would be better for everyone to move on from the past.
However, the victims of Martial Law and those who took to the streets to protest against the Marcos regime had a different opinion.
One of those who participated in the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986 was Twitter user @jayfajardo. He said he faced the tanks during EDSA so the Filipinos, especially those born after the Marcos regime, should not easily tell him and the other EDSA protesters to “move on.”
“In 86 at 17, I faced tanks on EDSA. Don’t tell me to move on, specially if you were born AFTER we freed the country for you #neveragain,” he tweeted.
In 86 at 17, I faced tanks on EDSA. Don’t tell me to move on, specially if you were born AFTER we freed the country for you #neveragain
— jayfajardo (@jayfajardo) November 8, 2016
As of posting, his tweet has earned over 9,200 likes and 5,300 retweets.
Looking at the #neveragain thread on Twitter, several other netizens voiced out their sadness and frustration over the SC’s decision regarding the Marcos burial.
A certain Glenn Tuazon created a graphic showing men shoveling dirt off the ground for Marcos’ grave, but with extra motivation.
— Ambula (@AmbulaArt) November 9, 2016
Twitter user @rafaeltoribio also slammed those who immediately reach the conclusion that if you’re anti-Marcos, you are automatically pro-Aquino.
— Yael Toribio (@rafaeltoribio) November 8, 2016
Another Twitter user, @gerger017, echoed what one grieving relative of a Martial Law victim said: “Buti pa si Marcos, may bangkay.”
— roger (@gerger017) November 8, 2016
@iMonicaCruz lamented the fact that what’s happening with the Marcoses now is the result of the Filipino education’s lack of emphasis on history and culture, causing us “to easily forget.”
— Monica C. (@iMonicaCruz) November 8, 2016
And for those who kept telling Martial Law victims and sympathizers to move on, @Mica_visita dared them to look those victims and the eyes and tell them personally to “move on.” If they can pull that off, then they’re certainly not human.
— Clementine (@Mica_visita) November 8, 2016
Here are other people’s reactions to SC’s decision on Marcos’ burial:
You know your country is fcked up when it begins to glorify its oppressors. #NeverAgain
— Bianca Gaa (@busyasBeee) November 8, 2016
Future history classes:
“Good morning, class”
“Good morning, teacher”
“Wala tayong lesson today. Past is past. Dismissed.”#neveragain
— Kip Oebanda (@kipoebanda) November 8, 2016
Yknw how the holocaust is such a sensitive topic in europe? Yeah I wish it were the same with Martial Law. #NeverAgain
— Steven (@stvnrvr) November 8, 2016