50 protest in Cebu against Marcos burial in heroes’ cemetery

Activists and members of human rights groups show their opposition to government plans to have the remains of Ferdinand Marcos interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Among the oppositors are Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat (second from left), Boni Ilagan of Carmma, Boy Nuera of Pandayan, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman,Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada and human rights activist Susan Quimpo. INQUIRER FILE / RICHARD A. REYES

CEBU CITY, Philippines — About 50 people from 19 organizations converged at the Plaza Independencia in downtown Cebu City on Sunday morning to oppose the plan to bury the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Teody Navea, Sanlakas-Cebu coordinator, said Sunday’s gathering, which was expected to end at noon, was just one of the activities lined up to show that they didn’t want Marcos to be interred at the Libingan.

“We have another activity on his birthday this September. It is a huge mobilization in Cebu as we continue to oppose his burial,” Navea said.

Lawyer Democrito Barcenas, who was among the human rights lawyers detained during martial law, said  people should not forget the past, especially those who fell victim to Marcos’ iron-fist rule for 20 years./rga

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