|A child walks past a mural depicting former Philippine presidents during a protest to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in Manila on September 21, 2018. (Photo by Noel Celis/ AFP)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana]
MANILA: Martial law survivors on the 49th anniversary of the declaration of the martial rule urged Filipinos to reject the return of the Marcoses to Malacañang and to prevent the Dutertes from staying in power, PhilStar reported.In a statement, a group cautioned the public against the “monstrous” Duterte-Marcos tandem being floated in the run-up to the 2022 elections.
Bongbong Marcos, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., earlier said he was eyeing a national post next year, after losing by a slim margin to Vice President Leni Robredo. This led to speculations that he might run in tandem with the president or with his daughter Mayor Sara Duterte. “We refuse to let our country plummet to a deeper abyss of terror, deceit, and incompetence. We cannot allow the monstrous despicable son of an ousted dictator and the cold-blooded fascist Dutertes to rule the nation,” SELDA said. Rights group Karapatan called on Filipinos to “rise against forgetting and simply remembering.”
“In the same way that the struggle of the people didn't end with the downfall of the Marcos dictatorship, the campaign to stop Marcos and Duterte from returning to and staying in Malacañang continues, as a way to do justice for the Filipino people of the martial law generation and all other generations after Duterte,” Karapatan said.