Martial law victims to Marcos Jr.: Don’t block Freedom Memorial Museum construction
MANILA, Philippines — Victims of martial law atrocities have called on the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. not to block the construction of the Freedom Memorial Museum.
The museum is a Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission (HRVVMC) project pursuant to Republic Act 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act.
Bidding for its construction was held in 2020. The target opening of the museum is this September 23, the 50th anniversary of the declaration of martial law.
“Wag lagyan ng balakid ang pagpapatayo ng Freedom Memorial Museum,” urged former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Charperson Loretta Rosales and playwright Bonifacio Ilagal after martial law victims made a pledge to continue fighting historical revisionism at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City.
Rosales said what they want is not to be forgotten.
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Marcos Jr. formally assumed the presidency at noon Thursday. He is the son of former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., who placed the entire country under martial law in September 1972 in the wake of bombings that triggered civil unrest in the country and prompted fears of a communist takeover. He was overthrown via a bloodless revolt in February 1986 amid allegations of plunder, corruption, and human rights violations.
According to Rosales, it is essential “to remind the people of what the truth means – swear the truth, justice, and freedom.” She said they will now have to go down to the community to explain that calls to move on is a sign of ignorance.
“There is so much ignorance. We have to go down and bring out the truth to the community level,” Rosales said in an ambush interview.
She also said too much work awaits Marcos Jr.
“Internationally, there is so much crisis. It is not going to be pleasant, so we have to work. ‘Wag naman natin labanan [we must not fight],” Rosales said, adding that they want to make sure that the poorest community will feel the promised reforms.
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