Days after the surprise burial of the remains of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday, November 18, rallies held by Martial Law victims, students, and other anti-Marcos groups raged on across the country.
Thousands of protesters, most of whom belong to the younger generation, protested on the same day Marcos was buried by gathering at the People Power Monument along EDSA. They converged at the historical monument from various areas in Metro Manila starting at noon on Friday, when the media got wind of the burial at the LNMB.
Organizers said that more protesters from the provinces are set to join in the Metro Manila rallies, as well as rallies in key cities all over the country until November 30, which also commemorates the heroism of Andres Bonifacio.
The University of the Philippines, Miriam College, and the Ateneo de Manila University have already gathered at the Katipunan Avenue to shout: “Marcos is not a hero.”
Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) spokesperson Joanne Lim said that with the youth’s participation in the protests, this proves that the millenials are not as “detached” as their critics have said they are. However, she also urged the youth to continue with the rallies until the government will finally see its purpose – to empower the marginalized.
Aside from shouting “Marcos is not a hero,” protesters also shouted “Hukayin,” referring to the exhumation of Marcos’ body.
Rallies were also held in Davao, Cebu, Bacolod, Puerto Princesa, and Baguio.
And on November 30, the #BlockMarcos Movement, along with Coalition Against Marcos Burial (Camb), is going to hold an Occupy Libingan ng mga Bayani protest.
Continuous rallies will also be organized by the Coalition Against the Return of the Marcoses (Carmma) and Bayan Muna.
Human rights group iDefend also condemned Duterte’s role in giving the Marcoses a go signal for the burial. Leftist groups Task Force Detainees of the Philippines and Akbayan Youth also expressed their disappointment in the Duterte administration and held them accountable.
Bayan-Negros held a rally in Bacolod City at the Fountain of Justice, while student leaders lighted candles in Puetro Princesa City in front of the provincial capitol to show their indignation of Marcos’ burial.