Protests vs Bongbong's VP bid mark People Power anniversary in Cebu

Junrey Nadela, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas

CEBU - Militant groups led by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) marched in Cebu City downtown area on Thursday to protest the vice presidential bid of Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Leaders of various groups expressed fear over the possibility of the Marcoses getting back in power, as they recounted their experiences during the martial law period.

Marcos, who they noted is gaining popularity among young voters, was statistically tied with survey frontrunner Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero in the latest vice presidential preference poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The protesters also lambasted the senator for saying that the martial law era was the country's golden years.

They said that period was over two decades of darkness, even worse than the Spanish occupation.

A group of teenagers also came blindfolded, holding placards with messages urging the public to prevent the Marcoses from getting any government post.

Meanwhile, a group called Anti-Bongbong Coalition, led by retired Regional Trial Court Judge Menrado Paredes, also gathered today to share the abuses and repression Filipinos experienced during the regime of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

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