Pro­test­ers liken Du30 to Mar­cos

Panay News - - FRONT PAGE - BY GLENDA TAYOMA AND IME SORNITO

ILOILOCity – Yes­ter­day’s com­mem­o­ra­tion of t he dec­la­ra­tion of mar­tial law 46 years ago dur­ing the Mar­cos dic­ta­tor­ship turned into an anti-Duterte protest.

Pro­test­ers de­manded that Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte stop the fol­low­ing:

*killings* ex­tra ju­di­cial per­se­cu­tion of govern­ment crit­ics* poli­cies bor­der­ing on tyranny“

Mar­cos Wala sang ki­nalain sa

Duterte,” ad­min­is­trasyon ni ang said Rey land Vergara, ad­min­si­trasyon ni sec­re­tary- gen­eral of the

and Panay hu­man rights al­liance Kara­p­atan.

Then Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Mar­cos de­clared mar­tial law on Sept. 21, 1972. He sus­pended civil rights and im­posed military author­ity on the pre­text of the need to quell the ris­ing wave of vi­o­lence al­legedly caused by com­mu­nists. But Mar­cos’ ex­er­cise of ab­so­lute power over the military and the po­lice re­sulted to 3,257 per­sons killed, 35,000 tor­tured, 70,000 in­car­cer­ated, the 737 in­vol­un­tary dis­ap­pear­ances.

Ac­cord­ing to the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice 6, around 700 pro­test­ers showed up on Boni­fa­cio Drive here yes­ter­day.

Their rally ran for two hours – from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join­ing Kara­p­atan were

vic­tims of mar­tial l aw that banded un­der the group SELDA or Sama­han ng mga Ex-De­tainees La­ban sa Deten­syon at Aresto, the mil­i­tant women’s group Gabriela, Bayan Muna, Anakbayan, Pi­nagkaisang Sama­han ng mga Tsu­per at Op­er­a­tors Na­tion­wide, and stu­dents f rom var­i­ous schools.

The gath­er­ing had t he back­ing of the Arch­dio­cese of Jaro. Arch­bishop Romeo O. Lazo, in a let­ter he is­sued to mark the oc­ca­sion, called for “vig­i­lance in de­fend­ing ba­sic hu­man rights and au­then­tic de­vel­op­ment.”“Con­tem­plat­ing hu­man on our his­tor­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ences, we have all the more learned the mean­ing of the words of the Holy Mother Church on build­ing our so­ci­ety based on ‘truly hu­mane ba­sis by fos­ter­ing in­ward sense of jus­tice and kind­li­ness, and of ser­vice to the com­mon good, and by strength­en­ing ba­sic con­vic­tions as to the true na­ture of the po­lit­i­cal com­mu­nity and the aim, right ex­er­cise, and sphere of public author­ity,’” ac­cord­ing to Lazo.

A spe­cial guest at the Iloilo City rally was Sen. Risa Hon­tiveros, an ac­tivist be­fore she was elected sen­a­tor in 2016. "kung hindi pina­p­atay ang at­ing mga kababayan sa ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings, tayo na mga kababai­han bin­abas­tos, at bin­abaw­ian ng dig­nidad,"said Hon­tiveros./

IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN

THEY HAVE NOT FOR­GOT­TENPro­test­ers in Iloilo City pre­pare a poster hours be­fore stag­ing a rally to com­mem­o­rate a dark chap­ter in Philip­pine his­tory – dic­ta­tor Fer­di­nand Mar­cos’ dec­la­ra­tion of mar­tial law on Sept. 21, 1972.

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