PH athletes speak out on Marcos burial at Libingan
Sports personalities in the Philippines let their opinions be known after the surprise burial of the late dictator at Libingan ng mga Bayani

NOT A HERO. Gretchen Ho and others take to social media to discuss Marcos' burial. File photo by Josh Albelda

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.

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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.

Another Ateneo volleyball player in Bea De Leon was also unhappy.

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.

Ranidel de Ocampo, a veteran forward for TNT in the PBA, called for unity.

Another well-known personality in Philippine sports, Patricia Hizon, motivated people to stand up for “what is right.”