One year after the treacherous burial of a former dictator and a plunderer at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB), iDEFEND (In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement) continues to rage against the whitewash , if not, outright reversal of the bloody record of Marcos’ Martial Law.
The burial marks ground zero of Duterte’s design to amass further power, beyond that which is accorded to him by the 1987 Constitution.
Burying him in a cemetery of heroes does not make a hero out of a dictator. His act to bury a dictator in the LNMB, made legal by the Supreme Court, contravenes the Filipino people’s judgement of the Marcoses and their legacy of violence, plunder and corruption three decades ago.
President Duterte is resurrecting the dark days of the martial law by marking his first year with thousands of extrajudicial killings, allowing the entrenchment of new cronies and barrelling through with anti-people economic programs. Rather than promised change, these policies are designed to further exacerbate poverty and human insecurity.
A bloody dictator has no place in a democracy and a free people has every duty to defend a free society, repudiate despots and institutionalise human rights in all levels of society. Martial Law is unacceptable under any circumstance.
iDEFEND pursues its goal of governance that respects and promotes human rights and human dignity.