Kin of Martial Law victims to SC: May the dead haunt you

Trishia Billones. ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 09 2016 03:34 PM

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MANILA - An activist who lost two of her siblings during the Martial Law has sent a heartbreaking message to the Supreme Court (SC) justices who voted for a Ferdinand Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).

Addressing the nine magistrates who junked petitions against a Marcos burial at the heroes' cemetery, Susan Quimpo said "no amount of eloquent speeches will cover the fact that you have lied to yourselves, to your children, and to the entire nation."

Sharing a collage of Martial Law victims, including her two brothers, Ronald Jan and Ishmael Jr., Quimpo said may the human rights victims forever haunt the justices.

"May you see them nightly in your dreams. May they cry out to you, for you don the robes of Justice yet you trade the Truth for questionable intentions, then have the gall to stand tall and proud, unscathed by shame," she said.

Voting 9-5 with one inhibiting from the vote, the SC on Tuesday ruled to allow Marcos' interment at LNMB.

The nine were Associate Justices Arturo Brion, Presbitero Velasco Jr, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Jose Perez, Teresita de Castro, Jose Mendoza, and Estela Perlas-Bernabe.

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Quimpo said these justices must feel, even if only in their sleep, the atrocities the victims felt.

"In your sleep, may you feel each bruise, each wound, each blow... may you feel the prick of the syringe needles in your testicles as my brother Ronald Jan felt under torture; may you feel the bullet that shattered my brother Jun's skull," she said.

"May you feel the agony of gagging on the penises of military men as they thrust these into your mouth, over and over."

"In your sleep, nightly, for the rest of your dishonorable life... may the martial law dead come to haunt you," she added.

To conclude her post, she wrote that when these justices die, "let your legacy of lies be remembered through generations that your children, and their children, and their children's children would choose to forsake your name for shame."

Quimpo's brothers were just two of the many other victims of Martial Law. Of them, only about 75,000 have come up to claim part of the recovered ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses. Quimpo has written books about the Martial Law, mostly recalling what their family went through.

Historian Michael Charleston Chua, quoting Amnesty International (AI), has estimated that during martial law, 70,000 people were imprisoned, 34,000 were tortured, and 3,240 were killed.

Families continue their quest for justice, and some petitioners will ask the high court to reconsider its decision.