Ateneo president: Listen to youth protesting Marcos burial

Kimberly Jane Tan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 19 2016 03:45 AM

MANILA - Filipinos should listen instead of dismiss the young protesters decrying the clandestine burial of former Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the head of the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) said Friday.

"I urge all of us to listen to what our young people are protesting and mourning. Let us mourn for what we have lost and are losing," AdMU president Fr. Jose Ramon T Villarin, SJ said in a statement.

"Let us strengthen our resolve to right what is wrong, to tell the truth, to care for the weak and those who have been hurt, hindi pa nagsasara ang sugat," he added.

(Let us strengthen our resolve to right what is wrong, to tell the truth, to care for the weak and those who have been hurt, the wound has not healed.)

He issued the statement after students from different schools joined pockets of protests around Metro Manila.

Some students, however, are asked by older people on what they know about the martial law era.

But Villarin said Filipinos should be inspired by the young protesters instead of mocking them.

"Ang ating kabataan ngayon ang napukaw at pumupukaw sa atin, para gumising tayo sa katotohanan at katarungan, para buhayin muli ang ipinaglaban ng mga tunay na bayani ng ating inang bayan," he said.

(The youth today are inspiring us to wake up to truth and justice, to ignite our desire to fight for the real heroes of our mother country.)