MANILA - A martial law torture victim questioned the holiday declared by the Palace in Ilocos Norte to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.
Former Human Rights Commissioner Etta Rosales said holidays are meant for occasions that are of public good and this celebration is just one way of the family's efforts to revise history in their favor.
"What public good does Marcos' birthday have on victims of human rights violations?" she told ANC on Monday.
Rosales added that limiting the Marcos holiday in Ilocos Norte shows how the late dictator's family continues to monopolize the province.
"Why are they limiting it to a province. The Marcoses have been monopolizing local politics in Ilocos," she said.
The Marcoses are set to celebrate the late strongman's birthday at his burial place at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Monday.
While the family and loyalists celebrate, various groups will be holding a "mock party" against Marcos' birth anniversary.