Forty eight years have passed since ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law over the Philippines, ushering in a dark era for the country.
The declaration led to thousands of human rights violations. Tens of thousands were detained and tortured, while thousands either were killed or went missing and never returned.
Those who survived the regime were scarred for life after years of rights abuses by their own government and the struggle to tell their painful stories.
One of them is Trining Herrera Repuno, 79, who was detained after fighting for the rights of Tondo residents to buy land at an affordable price. After protesting against one of Imelda Marcos’ controversial beautification projects, she was ordered arrested without any explanation.
For the fourth episode of KRIMINAL, Rappler’s crime podcast, police and crime reporter Rambo Talabong interviews Repuno.
She retells the story of how her freedoms were abused, gives her advice to the youth so that they may fight for their own freedoms, and sends a message to deniers of abuses under Marcos’ decades-long rule.
Listen to her story. – Rappler.com