#MarcosIsNotAHero, #MarcosBurial trend on Twitter

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#MarcosIsNotAHero, #MarcosBurial trend on Twitter
The Luneta protest against Ferdinand Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani sparks a litany of posts

MANILA, Philippines – In spite of the nonstop rain, throngs of Filipinos trooped to Luneta on Sunday, August 14, to protest President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to allow the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery).

Like the 2013 “Million People March” rally that called for the abolition of pork barrel, social media played a major part in Sunday’s protest.

There was a growing sentiment among netizens declaring their disapproval of the hero’s burial for Marcos. Those voices eventually coalesced through a Facebook event page called “Citizens’ Assembly Against The Marcos Burial In LNMB.”

On the page, it is indicated that 32,000 people were invited, 4,900 of whom “went” and another 3,500 were “interested.” One of them is 21-year-old Arvin Buenaaguas who has a very clear stance on the matter: 


Public figures like former presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II, former budget secretary Butch Abad, Senator Leila de Lima, and former represntative Walden Bello were also reported to be present at the event. 

While the actual number of people attending the rally may be higher or lower than what the Facebook event page indicates, the figures still show that the issue is of great concern to a portion of Filipinos.

Fortifying that claim: the hashtags “#MarcosIsNotAHero,” “#MarcosFakeHero,” and “#MarcosBurial” and location “Rizal Park” were in the top 10 of local trending topics as of 12:21 pm, Manila time.

These are some of the tweets appearing under those banners. You may click on the banners to see the posts on Twitter:







Rizal Park:


The rally ended at a little past noon with the protesters singing the patriotic song “Bayan Ko” to close the gathering. – Rappler.com

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Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.