Groups tell PNoy: ‘Emulate anti-dictator dad, not a dictator like Marcos’

VARIOUS organizations joined forces and held a concert to mark the 40th anniversary of the dark days of Martial Law in the Philippines, dubbed as ‘Never Forget’ at the Freedom Bar in Anonas, Quezon City.

The Burgos Media Center, Akap Bata Party-List, Bayan-Quezon City, Makabayan-Quezon City and Free Music Network staged the event as they also air alarm over the recurrence of a ‘Marcosian Rule’ under the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III. They said that violations of human rights and curtailment of free press and expression were becoming more evident as PNoy continue his rule.

In terms of human rights violations, organizers of today’s event believe that the more than a hundred cases of extra-judicial killings and dozens more cases of enforced disappearances in just two years in power, PNoy makes himself no different with the ousted dictator regime of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Also, even without an open declaration of martial law, the groups said that the Aquino government has been taking up actions to systematically curtail freedom of the press and of expression. They added that the long-drawn passage of the Freedom of Information Bill, as well as the recent passage of Republic Act 10175 or the ‘Cyber Crime Prevention Act’ clearly poses huge threat to freedom to access information as well as expression of the people online.

‘We suggest for President Aquino to emulate his anti-dictator father, former Senator Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino rather than following the path of a dictator president like Marcos, in order to protect our children, our future generation we must guard against fascist rule’, said Arlene Brosas, national secretary-general of the child welfare group, Akap Bata Party-List.

Brosas also insisted that in order for PNoy to follow the footsteps of his father, he must live through the values of Ninoy in regards with the respect on human rights of the Filipinos as well as the preservation of democracy and freedom in our land.

On the said concert, bands and groups such as Musicians For Peace, BLKD, Sining Kadamay, The Axel Pinpin Propaganda Machine, Pinkcow, Dejado, The Shocking Details, Sigwada Experiment, Yellow Custard, Blood Type Zero and 5 Year Plan performed.

They also have Representative Teddy Casino, Burgos Media Center’s Allan Ace Aclan, BAYAN-NCR’s Paulo Quiza, Akap Bata Party-List’s Arlene Brosas, Free Nante Gamara Movement’s Nikki Gamara and KARAPATAN’s Jigs Clamor as their speakers.

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