Godofredo was a college senior in the year 1970, with a very promising future, when he got interested in these events that rocked the country’s political life from 1970 to 1972.
“For it is in remembering the lessons of the past – and avoiding a repeat of their negative repercussions – that we will truly advance the welfare, the wellbeing, and the rights and liberties of all our people pursuant to the demands of the Rule of Law and our democratic Constitution.”
Buwan ng Paggunita at Pagpupugay 2019 is a month-long celebration of life in honor of Filipinos who stood up in defiance of a repressive regime and all those who continue to uphold justice, democracy, and freedom.
At an event commemorating hundreds who lost their lives fighting the Marcos dictatorship, former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. stressed the end can never justify the means, especially if one resorts to killings.
Nestor heard of the First Quarter Storm in Manila while attending a big anti-war demonstration in Trafalgar Square in London in May 1970. Something in him clicked; working odd jobs once more, he hitchhiked his way back to his country.
Baltazar Pinguel came from a poor migrant family from Samar. He was a bright student, earning honors from elementary to his high school years.
James went back to Iligan in 1970, where he began to organize among students, farmers, workers and Moro communities in the Lanao provinces.
Nonoy started community work around Davao City to organize people to fight for democracy and resist the martial rule of the Marcos regime.
Eldest of seven children, Ruth Dueñas was jolly, honest, and was used to looking after her siblings. The word most often used to describe her was courageous.
With the declaration of martial law, Alfredo returned to his hometown Bolinao, Pangasinan where he organized resistance to the regime.