Filipinos rally against Marcos burial

UBC students (from left) Dada Docot, Karla Lenina Comanda, Camilee de Gracia and Rosanna.Wisden . (FB)

UBC students (from left) Dada Docot, Karla Lenina Comanda, Camilee de Gracia and Rosanna.Wisden . (FB)

Students from the UBC Philippine Studies Series  staged their own ‘Track-side DIY Assemby’ at last Sunday’s Pinoy Fiesta  in Vancouver. The students engaged the crowd  about the ‪#‎marcosNOTahero‬ campaign.

Here are some of the responses:

– Hindi talaga bayani! (Marcos is definitely not a hero!)
– Bakit kailangang ilibing doon? (Why does Marcos have to be buried at the Heroes’ Cemetery?)
– Pro-Duterte ako pero hindi tamang ilibing si Marcos doon. (I am pro-Duterte but I do not approve of the Marcos burial at the Heroes’ Cemetery.
– Paano naging bayani ang magnanakaw? (How could a thief be called a hero?)
– “Dati pa lang kalaban na kami niyan.” (We’ve been against him a long time ago.)
– “Kaya kami laging nag-aaway ng asawa ko eh.” (Marcos is the reason why my wife and I always argue!).
We also received some negative responses:
– “You don’t know what you’re tallking about!” (shakes fist)
– “I don’t care anymore.”
– “We want him to be buried at the Heroes’ Cemetery. We are pro-Marcos.”
– “What do you know about the Philippines? Were you born there? I am a Marcos loyalist!”

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Hundreds of people braved heavy rains on Sunday to join an assembly against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Lawmakers, student groups, and advocacy groups joined the non-partisan citizens’ assembly at the Lapu-Lapu Area in Rizal Park, Manila.
Among them were director Joel Lamangan, former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Etta Rosales and senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros.