The martyrs and heroes we honor each year at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani are silent witnesses of a past generation that faced a dictatorship and contributed its best sons and daughters in the struggle to defeat such a regime.
“DOMINGO-VIERNES. The family and friends of these two assassinated Fil-ams never rested their case. They succeeded in proving, step by step, detail by detail, that the Marcos regime was the mastermind in the killing. I post this today because, over my breakfast table, I read again of another dastardly, cowardly killing of a supporter of Read more about Never rest your case[…]
Our Bantayog heroes teach us a powerful lesson they had paid for with their lives, that Filipinos will fight for their freedom. If we still do not get this, if we let this oppressive law operate, if we let our heroes be called “terrorists,” if we do not jealously guard our rights as citizens, I fear we are headed towards another dark period in our history.
We pray that President Duterte and our lawmakers understand this history’s most precious lesson — A law is bound to fail if it plants fear instead of confidence and sows terror instead of trust among its citizens.
To the Marcos regime is attributed some 900 massacres,perpetrated by military and paramilitary forces, primarily to instill fear on communities or groups raising a voice of protest against certain issues or policies, or against the regime’s growing abuses.
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.
“What is harmed is the keeping of secrets. If you want to hide the crimes of the past government, then your interest is harmed by those films.”
My crime, when finally I was slapped charges, was subversion. Prison life was slow and killing. But us, political prisoners, we always fought back.
Lualhati Bautista’s novel, Dekada ’70, is interpreted in theater by Pat Valera and the Black Box.