TACLOBAN CITY- Students of the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College marched to the Tacloban City Hall on Friday in protest of the Supreme Court decision allowing late strongman Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Students slammed claims that Marcos' infrastructure projects are at par with the number of tortured victims.
"The moment na mamatay tayong lahat and the next generation will follow, they won't be remembering our arguments today. They won't be remembering the reasoning of the Marcoses. They will see a shrine, a shrine in the Libingan ng mga Bayani with the dead body of Marcos there at kung makikita nila, a bayani pala si Marcos," said Joshua Sagdulla, chairperson of the Katipunan ng Sanggunian ng Mag-aaral sa UP Tacloban.
He added: "If you multiply the infrastructure projects during the time of martial law, if you multiply that by a hundredfold, it will not compensate for the thousands of lives that have yet to acquire justice because they were tortured during the time of martial law."
The protest is also a way of saying that Eastern Visayas is not a Marcos country, according to Sagdullas.
"The population here in UP Tacloban is representative of the entire region. It means that if UP Tacloban marched the streets against the burial of Marcos, it is a political statement that the entire region is not actually a Marcos country," Sagdullas said.