Stars speak out after Marcos burial at Libingan
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Members of the entertainment industry have taken to social media to voice their reactions to sudden news that the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried at Libingan na mga Bayani Friday, November 18.
Reports of plunder, human rights abuses, including torture, and thousands of deaths during Martial Law under Marcos are well documented.
Amnesty International recorded about 70,000 people imprisoned, 34,000 tortured, and 3,240 were killed from 1972 to 1981 – the years when the Philippines was placed under Martial Law. (TIMELINE: The Marcos burial controversy)
The debate of whether or not he should be buried at the Libingan culminated in a Supreme Court decision that voted in the affirmative, removing legal obstacles to the burial. (READ: Martial Law, the dark chapter in Philippine history)
Staunch anti-Marcos activist and musician Jim Paredes has been tweeting various updates about the burial and also about plans for people to assemble at the People Power Monument along EDSA.
The thief will be buried today, hurriedly like a thief in the night! True to his character.— Jim (@Jimparedes) November 18, 2016
A call is made.— Jim (@Jimparedes) November 18, 2016
People Power Monument sa EDSA today starting 3 pm onwards. Biglaan. Or Organize where you are.
Filmmaker Antoinette Jadaone has also been tweeting about the burial:
Ito na ang kabayaran sa utang na loob. #MarcosNOTaHero— Tonette, Tonette (@tonetjadaone) November 18, 2016
Hanggang dulo, pumuslit. Consistent sa pagiging magnanakaw. #MarcosNOTaHero— Tonette, Tonette (@tonetjadaone) November 18, 2016
Bianca Gonzalez-Intal turned her Twitter profile picture black and wrote the hashtags #NeverAgain #NeverForget
The TV host also tweeted: ""Like a thief in broad daylight" is the new "Like a thief in the night."
"Like a thief in broad daylight" is the new "Like a thief in the night."— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) November 18, 2016
Payak need not be pailalim. #MarcosNOTaHero— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) November 18, 2016
Former Binibining Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti meanwhile said that she was very sad for the country.
She also shared a photo with an announcement of a 3pm gathering at the People Power Monument along EDSA.
Leah Navarro has been tweeting updates as well of the protest.
Of course Duterte knew. And Bato rubs salt into our wounds with "naisahan kayo, no?" Grabe kayo. https://t.co/fv4O0BytvO— Leah Navarro (@leahnavarro) November 18, 2016
Musician Noel Cabangon posted a series of announcements on his Facebook regarding the gathering Friday night.
Actor Enchong Dee, who supported vice president Leni Robredo during the 2016 national elections, said he will stick to his previous statement that Marcos was a thief, murderer, and dictator.
Filmmaker Pepe Diokno also expressed his dismay over the news. He is the grandson of Jose Diokno, the late senator who opposed Marcos and was detained during the Martial Law period.
1/2 If people cannot understand why we stand up **against** Marcos, should we rephrase and tell them what it is we **stand up for**?— Pepe Diokno (@PepeDiokno) November 18, 2016
2/2 Today's protests should not simply be **anti-Marcos**. They shd be **for justice**. Justice for victims and millions stolen. Rephrase.— Pepe Diokno (@PepeDiokno) November 18, 2016
A meaningful rephrasing may just get our message across. Our protest, make it abt Filipinos killed, tortured, stolen from. Memorialize them.— Pepe Diokno (@PepeDiokno) November 18, 2016
Gretchen Ho posted a video of Miriam College students rallying in Katipunan.
Agot Isidro, who previously criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for his statement about not accepting assistance from the United States and European Union, posted a graphic photo of what seems to be the Libingan ng mga Bayani with one black cross. The photo was accompanied with the caption "Tarnished."
Actress Angel Aquino took to Instagram to express her dismay over the burial.
18November16. When our feelings are as dark as the shirt on our back because we've been spat on, mocked and ridiculed, All we see is the red in our flag. These are times of discomfort and dissent, please wag tayong tumigil until we are heard. Tayo naman Ang pakinggan nila because so far they haven't made any real and good decisions for us. They trivialize our history, our struggles, our lives as Filipinos. Wag tayo tumigil. This is as much our country as theirs. Our land, our money, our rights. We've been passive for too long. Enough.
Though many of the sentiments about the issue have been anti-Marcos, a number of stars have also previously said that they were in favor of a Marcos burial at the Libingan, including staunch Duterte supporter Robin Padilla. and Gretchen Barretto.