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Students told after Marcos burial: ‘Bigger lessons outside classroom’

Paterno Esmaquel II
'I'm suspending your class today. There are bigger lessons to be learned outside the classroom now,' a teacher tells students after the dictator was buried a hero.

STUDENTS PROTEST. Ateneo de Manila University president Fr Jose Ramon Villarin speaks to students during a rally outside their school to protest the hero's burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Photo courtesy of Cheska Dosayla

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.

“Dear class,

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.

The First Quarter Storm, a series of protests which prompted Marcos to declare Martial Law in 1972, for example, was staged mostly by students. (READ: TIMELINE: First Quarter Storm)

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

MARCOS BURIAL. Protestors flash signs in a rally outside Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City on November 18, 2016, to protest the hero's burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Photo courtesy of Cheska Dosayla

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.

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

Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.