MANILA, Philippines – Personalities in the Philippine sports landscape voiced their opinions on social media following the sudden burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday, November 18.
According to Amnesty International, there’s a recorded amount of 70,000 people imprisoned, 34,000 tortured, and 3,240 who were killed during the years when the Philippines was under Martial Law from 1972-1981.
Marcos was allowed to be buried at the Libingan following a Supreme Court decision. Word broke of the plans just before the procession began, and protests broke out across Metro Manila shortly after.
One of those who spoke out and was active with her displeasure was Gretchen Ho, Ateneo’s former star volleyball player and now a TV host.
Ang sakit sa puso ng balitang ito. Ang bilis natin makalimot, bayan. Kaya paulit-ulit na lang.— Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) November 18, 2016
Another Ateneo volleyball player in Bea De Leon was also unhappy.
How could any person who claims he loves his people and his country go behind your back?— Bea de Leon (@_beadel) November 18, 2016
What a cowardly act.— Bea de Leon (@_beadel) November 18, 2016
Enchong Dee, a former star swimmer for La Salle in the UAAP who competed at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games and 2006 Asian Games, stuck to his beliefs of the late dictator.
Kathy Bersola, UP’s volleyball star, seemed surprised at the happenings on Friday.
Been inside the whole day, didn't know everything that's been happening outside! Grabe #MarcosNOTaHero— Katherine Bersola (@KB08_) November 18, 2016
Ranidel de Ocampo, a veteran forward for TNT in the PBA, called for unity.
Sana magka-isa na lahat ng mga Pilipino!— Ranidel De Ocampo (@jutaca33) November 18, 2016
Another well-known personality in Philippine sports, Patricia Hizon, motivated people to stand up for “what is right.”