Roxas, De Lima join anti-Marcos burial protest

Kimberly Jane Tan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 30 2016 07:07 PM | Updated as of Dec 01 2016 10:28 AM

Protesters carrying banners with the words "Dig Up!" and "Marcos not a Hero" march toward the People Power Monument on EDSA on Wednesday for the planned rally against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes' Cemetery. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Politicians, along with university and religious leaders, on Wednesday joined the protest at the EDSA People Power Monument against the burial of former strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the heroes' cemetery.

Among those spotted were Senator Leila de Lima, former senator and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, former Social Welfare Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman, and former Education Secretary Armin Luistro. 

Activist priest Father Robert Reyes led a prayer at the protest action.

"Kahinaan ang pagkalimot sa mga naganap noong martial law. Kasalanan ang pagtanggi sa mga nangyari noon," he told the crowd at the monument.

(It is a weakness to forget what happened during martial law and it is a sin to reject what happened back then.)

Leaders of educational institutions such as the University of the Philippines (UP) and Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) also addressed protesters.

"Alam niyo ba kung ano ang nakakaadik bukod sa drugs? Kapangyarihan. Saludo kami sa inyo na hindi nagbubulag-bulagan," said AdMU president and Father Jett Villarin.

(Do you what's more addicting than drugs? Power. We salute you for not pretending to be blind.)

"Tutulungan nating gawing tama ang kasaysayan," added UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan.

(We will help correct history.)

Senator Leila de Lima attended the Bonifacio Day protest against the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News.
Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas attended the Bonifacio Day protest against the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

Singer-activist Jim Paredes and UP economics professor Winnie Monsod similarly came to show their support.

"I am here to show my rage," said Monsod.