Youth and students honor martial law heroes

IN LINE with the student strikes of different youth organizations in state universities and colleges this week as well as the commemoration of Marial Law’s 40th anniversary, members of the Student Christian Movement of the Philippines (SCMP) will refurbish Mendiola bridge’s monument of Joaquin “Chino” Roces, a publisher and figure of Martial Law.

The group will also put a placard with the words “Never again to Martial Law!” at the cross held by Roces’s statue.

According to SCMP spokesperson Einstein Recedes, Roces’ statue is actually holding a placard and not a cross. Water cannons from different demonstrations in the past dissolved the placard he was holding, he added.

“With the timely commemoration of Marial Law, it is best that we remember the sacrifices of the Filipino people under Marcos dictatorship: holding placards with calls for freedom, social justice and genuine democracy at the streets,” said Recedes.

SCMP members will also light lanterns that form the word “Justice”. Recedes explained that justice for the victims remain elusive, 40 years after the declaration of martial law.
“Martial Law still exists under President Noynoy Aquino. Cases of human rights violations are still soaring while justices for these cases remain to be stagnant,” the SCMP spokesperson said. He added that at present, there are 100 cases of political killings, 389 political detainees and 30,000 victims of forced evacuation, because of his counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan.

Recedes also said the commercialization of education still continue, moving access to education away from the Filipino youth. The state policy that brought it about is the Education Act of 1982, which was also instituted in the Martial Law days, he said.

“The most appropriate way to remember Martial Law is to continue the fight for the democratic rights of the Filipino people and ensure that this country shall never witness another series of dark years that is martial rule,” Recedes said.

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