MANILA - Martial Law victims and youth leaders gathered at the People Power Monument on Sunday to call for the arrest of Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos who was convicted of 7 counts of graft.
Police estimated around 200 individuals joined the rally carrying placards saying "Imelda, Iselda" (Jail Imelda) and "Marcos, Hukayin" (Exhume Marcos).
They also brought a symbolic "people's warrant of arrest" against the widow of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. "The impunity enjoyed by the Marcoses must now come to an end," it read.
The former First Lady was allowed to post a P150,000 bail while she pursues legal remedies to reverse her graft conviction for funneling public funds to overseas bank accounts.
The 89-year-old matriarch of the Marcos family did not attend the promulgation of her sentence. Her lawyer earlier cited multiple ailments but Marcos later on said she did not know about the proceeding's schedule.
Following the conviction of the late dictator's widow, Martial Law victims have called on the government to exhume the remains of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery).
On orders of President Rodrigo Duterte, the late strongman was buried at the Heroes' Cemetery despite huge protests, exactly two years ago on Sunday.
Former Commission on Human Rights chief Etta Rosales, who was tortured under the Marcos regime, said the Libingan is no place for a plunderer.
"Sabi ni Imee, we must move on. Well, sa halip na mag-move on, they must move out of Libingan ng mga Bayani kasi walang papel si Marcos ngayon na nakalibing bilang bayani, kung saan napakita ng korte na sila pala ay mga mandarambong at magnanakaw," she said.
(Imee [Marcos] said we must move on. Well, instead of us moving on, they must move out of the Heroes' Cemetery because Marcos has no place there as a hero after the court showed that they are plunderers and thieves.)
Rosales said Filipinos can only “move on” once the remains of Marcos are “moved out” of Heroes' Cemetery and the former First Lady is jailed. --report from Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News