MANILA - The University of the Philippines - Diliman (UPD) student council on Tuesday condemned the reported reunion of the defunct Kabataang Barangay with Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos last Saturday at the Quezon City campus.
In a statement, UPD Student Council Chair Yael Toribio said the student body was surprised upon hearing about the reunion of the youth organization formed during the time of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the Ilocos governor's father.
"Definitely there is no place for such in UP. This is an insult not only to the decades-long struggle of UP students in fighting the oppressive system in our society, from the martial law-era up until the atrocities of the Duterte administration today, but also to thousands dead and missing during this dark chapter of our country’s history," he said.
A newspaper reported on Monday that members of the Kabataang Barangay and their former chair Imee Marcos had a reunion on UP grounds. The report showed a photo of Marcos dancing onstage with former colleagues in the organization.
In 1977, Archimedes Trajano, then a 21-year-old student of the Mapua Institute of Technology, questioned Marcos' appointment as chair of the Kabataang Barangay while attending a forum.
Witnesses said Marcos' guards forcibly took him out of the venue. His body was found days later on a street in Manila.