Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – President Ferdinand Marcos may have been laid to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, but his detractors certainly have no plans of resting. Read: Marcos buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani Starting next week, more people are expected to troop to the streets to express indignation over Marcos’ sudden burial.
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Ferdinand Marcos may have been laid to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, but his detractors certainly have no plans of resting.
Starting next week, more people are expected to troop to the streets to express indignation over Marcos’ sudden burial.
The new demonstrations come after thousands of anti-Marcos protesters gathered at the People Power Monument shortly after the burial on Friday afternoon.
BAYAN Secretary-General Renato Reyes said at a Saturday forum at the University of the Philippines Diliman that thousands of protesters are expected to join a rally on Nov. 25 at 4 p.m., which may be held at Luneta, Liwasang Bonifacio, Mendiola or Makati.
“Efforts natin should be for the purpose of calling on the people to mobilize on Friday,” said BAYAN Secretary-General Renato Reyes. “Sa pagbabalik ni Duterte, may nakaabang ng malaking protesta ng mamamayan, Biyernes, alas-kwatro pataas.”
[Translation: Our efforts should be for the purpose of calling on the people to mobilize on Friday. When Duterte returns, a large protest will await him on Friday at 4 p.m. onwards]
“Rage we must against the burial of dictator Marcos,” said Rep. Neri Colmenares. “Rage against President Duterte’s rehabilitation of Ferdinand Marcos Sr. Rage against the nine magistrates of the Supreme Court.”
Groups blame President Rodrigo Duterte for approving Marcos’ burial, as well as the nine magistrates of the Supreme Court who ruled in favor of the burial.
Duterte is set to return to the country next week from Peru, where he is attending the 24th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting.
In an interview following his arrival in Peru, Duterte said he would allow the protests, but he hopes that people would forgive Marcos for the atrocities committed during the Martial Law era.
Meanwhile, former Senators Bobby Tañada and Rene Saguisag are hoping that the Supreme Court would reverse its decision allowing Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“May pag-asa pa rin kami na ang Korte Suprema ay makukuhang baguhin yung kanilang maling desisyon na ‘yan [We still have hope that the Supreme Court would change its wrong decision],” Tanada said.
“I don’t know what to teach anymore,” Saguisag said. “Wala nang rule of law. ‘Yan ang ibinaon kahapon kasama ang decency, honor [There’s no more rule of law. That was what was buried together with decency and honor].”