MANILA, Philippines - It has been 40 years since the declaration of Martial Law, but the people who marched on the streets to fight the dictatorship then are back on the streets once again.
Some 500 to 1,000 protesters composed of various cause-oriented groups under the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and Karapatan staged a protest in Mendiola this morning to demand justice for all human rights victims then and now.
Former Martial Law detainees like Bayan Muna President Satur Ocampo, UP Professor Judy Taguiwalo and famous stage actor and director Ben Cervantes led the demonstration and expressed dismay over the current administration of President Benigno Aquino III.
They said human rights violations continue to persist until now in the form of warrantless arrests, violent demolitions and even corruption.
They are also greatly disappointed that until now, despite several opportunities during the Cory administration and now under PNoy, the Marcoses have yet to pay for their crimes.
Instead, they were able to go back to politics and even get a seat in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Cervantes strongly denounced the alleged plans of Senator Bongbong Marcos to run for President in 2016 and vowed to oppose it.
Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes, meanwhile, lambasted the Aquino administration for ignoring the Indemnification Bill. The group ended their program peacefully and left at 1 p.m.