MANILA - Victims of human rights violations in the time of Martial Law recalled their experiences during the Supreme Court oral arguments on the proposed burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Wednesday.
Among those who shared their ordeals were Etta Rosales, Ma. Cristina Rodriguez, Fe Buenaventura Mangahas, Hilda Narciso, Ma. Cristina Bawagan, Liwayway Arce, Nilda Lagman-Sevilla, Trinidad Herrera, Carmencita Florentino and Felix Dalisay.
Dalisay, 64, who was caught, tortured and imprisoned for roughly two years, couldn't help but get emotional when he took the podium.
He said they still suffer from the trauma of the torture they experienced during the Marcos regime.
"Sa parte naming mga biktima, payagan man ng Supreme Court na ilibing yan diyan, hindi po kami titigil sa pakikipaglaban namin. Sapagkat kami nakaranas ng lupit ng Martial Law, hanggang habang buhay po naming dala yun," Dalisay said.
The martial law victims present during the oral arguments are all recognized claimants to the Human Rights Violations Claims Board.
Petitioner Atty. Ibarra Gutierrez said the victims' suffering would only be prolonged if Marcos will be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
For his part, Commission on Human Rights Chair Chito Gascon said that money is not the only concern in reparations for Martial Law victims.
He said that reparation goes beyond money and burying Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani will only re-traumatize the victims.
LISTEN: SC oral arguments on proposed hero's burial for Marcos