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MANILA, Philippines – Hours after dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried a hero in the Philippines, Twitter user Amaris (@amarissorcha) tweeted the screen shot of a message said to be from a teacher.
I’m suspending your class today. There are bigger lessons to be learned outside the classroom now.
See you at the indignation rally!”
Amaris, who was identified as a student of Ateneo, tweeted this with the hashtag #MarcosNOTaHero and #MarcosBurial.
The Twitter user was referring to the surprise burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday, November 18.
Later, the netizen tweeted photos of the rally against the Marcos burial outside the Ateneo de Manila University campus in Quezon City.
Like Amaris, hundreds of other students across the country voiced their anger against the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday.
For those who know or have read about the Marcos years, the student involvement on Friday reminded them of the anti-Marcos protests in the 1970s.
2,500 students in Katipunan rally
On Friday, one of the first schools to voice its rage was Ateneo de Manila University, the school of Marcos critics like Edgar Jopson. (READ: Edjop, Imelda Marcos, and the fear of forgetting)
In Ateneo, the fences were covered black, and a huge screen by the gate displayed the words, “Hindi bayani si Marcos!” (Marcos is not a hero!)
Students from Ateneo, Miriam College, and the University of the Philippines (UP) staged a protest along Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, against Marcos’ burial on Friday.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said up to 2,500 students joined the ongoing rally.
ADVISORY: Heavy traffic along C5 Kalayaan to Miriam College NB, 2,500 rallyists are now conducting a program in front of Miriam College.— Official MMDA (@MMDA) November 18, 2016
Other students from UP Diliman also held a rally in their own campus.
Students and teachers from the following schools, as well, staged rallies on Friday:
- Technological University of the Philippines
- Adamson University
- Philippine Normal University
- Manila Science High School
- Araullo High School
- University of the Philippines Manila
- University of the Philippines Baguio
- University of the Philippines Tacloban
- De La Salle University
- College of Saint Benilde
- Polytechnic University of the Philippines
- University of the East
- Lyceum of the Philippines University
- Kalayaan College
Rappler has a running list of groups staging rallies in different venues to protest the hero’s burial for Marcos. – Rappler.com