IN PHOTOS: Young and old join forces against Marcos burial

A day to honor a hero turned out to be a day to question a hero's burial accorded a former dictator.

Thousands of protesters poured out on the streets as they used the occasion to denounce the recent secret burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

The demonstrations were to celebrate the birth of Andres Bonifacio, the leader of the Katipunan, the revolutionary movement that led the fight against colonial Spain in the 19th century.

But the real issue was the burial of Marcos last November 18, done surreptitiously by the Marcos family after a Supreme Court decision allowed the burial of Marcos as a soldier of the nation.

Bonifacio has always been a beloved figure among the progressive groups for his affinity with the common people. This time, the celebration of his birth became an opportunity to again voice out the opposition to the man who led the repressive Martial Law regime that victimized thousands who opposed him.

Only this time around, they were joined by millennials, young Filipinos who never experienced the repression of Martial Law but have listened to those who have and lived to tell their stories.

And today, this is their story.



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