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The National Day of Remembrance

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 22 2017 01:49 AM | Updated as of Sep 22 2017 02:02 AM

The National Day of Protest declared by President Rodrigo Duterte turned out as expected, a chance to remind everyone what the martial law declared by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos 45 years ago, stood for.

Thousands of protesters from various sectors voiced their opposition to a period that stood for human rights violations, military and police abuses, and impunity by the government.

Thousands also offered their support for Duterte at a rally in Plaza Miranda. Theirs is an idea of martial law that stood for order and development and should be replicated.

But the irony that we are facing the same issues did not escape the crowd in Luneta, Camp Aguinaldo, the Commission on Human Rights, UP, UST, La Salle, St. Scholastica's, and dozens of other places. 

It was about the thousands of extra-judicial killings, it was about the unbridled way a constitutional body was given a P1,000 budget, it was about the casual way a lie can be dismissed as as a joke. 

The message was simply this is not the way, we want it to stop and let wounds heal.

Students and faculty members of the De La Salle University light candles and read a prayer on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Members of the Philippine National Police form a barricade as protesters merge in front of Camp Aguinaldo at EDSA, Quezon City. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Militant groups gather in front of the University of Santo Tomas before marching toward Mendiola in Manila. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

Students, faculty, and staff of St. Scholastica's College march toward Luneta on the 45th year commemoration of martial law. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Members of various La Salle schools march toward Luneta on the 45th year commemoration of martial law. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Members of various Taft Avenue area schools and universities march toward Luneta on the 45th commemoration of Marcos' martial law. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Members of Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation and nameless heroes of martial law light candles in honor of the victims of martial law imposed by former President Marcos 45 years ago. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Protesters from different groups led by the Coalition against Marcos burial demonstrate near EDSA-Quezon Avenue condemn the increasing number of extra-judicial killings linked to the government's war on drugs. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Protesters from different groups led by the Coalition against Marcos burial demonstrate near EDSA-Quezon Avenue to remember the atrocities under martial law declared by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos 45 years ago. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Protesters march on a pedestrian overpass near EDSA-Quezon Avenue as they condemn atrocities under martial law declared by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos 45 years ago. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

An entertainer performs for a pro-Duterte crowd as they gather in support of the president in Plaza Miranda. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A homeless man sits on a street island listening to a pro-Duterte crowd as they gather in support of the president in Plaza Miranda. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Pro-Duterte crowd gathers in support of the president in Plaza Miranda. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Pro-Duterte crowd gathers in support of the president in Plaza Miranda. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Duterte supporters gather in Plaza Miranda to show their support of the president amid the widespread expression of indignation of the policies of the Duterte administration. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Protesters prepare to burn an effigy with the images of President Duterte and former president Ferdinand Marcos on Mendiola Bridge during the 45th commemoration of the latter’s declaration of martial law. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

A man plays dead as a victim of extrajudicial killing during a protest rally commemorating the 45th anniversary of martial law in Mendiola, Manila. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

Thousands of protesters burn an installation containing faces of Hitler, Marcos, and Duterte during the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of martial law. Jhun Dantes, ABS-CBN News

Protesters burn an effigy containing the image of President Duterte during the 45th commemoration of Marcos’ declaration of martial law. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Protesters destroy an effigy containing the image of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler during massive protests in Manila on the 45th commemoration of Marcos’ declaration of martial law. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Groups stage a massive mobilization to mark the 45th anniversary of the late dictator Fredinand Marcos' declaration of martial law. Mark Saludes, ABS-CBN News

Groups staging a massive mobilization to mark the 45th anniversary of the late dictator Fredinand Marcos' declaration of martial law lambast President Duterte over the spate of extra-judicial killings and the threat of military rule to the entire country. Mark Saludes, ABS-CBN News

Stage actress Juana Change arrives as a victim of extrajudicial killing as she joins activists in Luneta park in Manila on Thursday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Students of a Catholic school raise their banners as they join activists in Luneta park in Manila on Thursday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Millenials join a mobilization to mark the 45th anniversary of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' declaration of Martial Law. Mark Saludes, ABS-CBN News

A student shouts slogans as she joins a protest against the Duterte's administration as they march to Luneta park in Manila. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Protesters display a placard with the current issues facing the country under the government of President Duterte. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Young people attending a rally voice their protests as they trooped to Luneta park in Manila. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Protesters gather at the Commission on Human Rights to voice their concern on rising human rights abuses as they remember the 45th year of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos' declaration of martial law. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Protesters at the Commission on Human Rights voice their stand against issues as they remember the 45th year of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos' declaration of martial law. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Opposition leaders, including former president Noynoy Aquino (rightmost), Vice President Leni Robredo (center), Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (4th-right), Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Chito Gascon (2nd right), and Senator Franklin Drilon join the Diokno family in unveiling the statue of CHR founding chair Jose Diokno at the CHR headquarters in Quezon City on Thursday. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Protesters from different groups led by the Coalition against Marcos Burial hold a protest near EDSA-Quezon Avenue to remember the declaration of martial law and condemn the increasing number of extra judicial killings linked to the government's war on drugs. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Night falls on protesters at the Luneta who gathered on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law and voice their opposition to rising cases of abuses similar under the regime of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Rain-drenched protesters gather at the Luneta on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law to voice their opposition to rising cases of abuses similar under the regime of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Rain-drenched protesters gather at the Luneta on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law to voice their opposition to rising cases of abuses similar under the regime of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Rain-drenched protesters gather at the Luneta on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law to voice their opposition to rising cases of abuses similar under the regime of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News