Participants in a Commission on Higher Education – Cordillera Administrative Region (CHED – CAR) online forum on Tuesday, October 5, Zoombombed the online event, protesting the participation of Sandro Marcos, grandson of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, as a speaker, and historical revisionism of the events of Martial Law.
Zoombombing is when participants intrude upon or interrupt an online Zoom or videoconferencing meeting.
Akbayan Youth chairperson RJ Naguit tweeted photos of the incident wherein participants changed their Zoom display names with phrases such as “#NeverAgain”, “#MarcosMagnanakaw”, “Marcos Diktador,” and “Archimedes Trajano.”
Naguit said of the protest, “Wag na tayong maglokohan. (Let’s not kid ourselves.) Sandro Marcos is neither a representative of the youth nor has the credibility to talk about nation-building. The Marcoses have plundered our country’s wealth and killed a generation of heroes.”
Sandro Marcos was the speaker for the “Redefining the Role of Youth in Nation Building” talk in the CHED event.
Naguit continued, “It’s disappointing that the Commission on Higher Education provided a platform to this junior dictator whose only interest is to rehabilitate their family’s political power. We must exert all means to prevent a Marcos comeback. Nagawa na natin ito noong 2019, ‘wag rin natin hahayaan na makabalik sa 2022!” (We did it in 2019; let’s not allow them to return in 2022.)
Days before the virtual congress, the announcement of Marcos as a featured speaker drew flak online as CHED – CAR had referred to Sandro as “Honorable,” even though he had no government position to be referred to as such.
Sandro Marcos had recently announced his candidacy for the congressional post of Ilocos Norte’s first district in the 2022 elections. Bongbong Marcos, Sandro’s father, has also declared that he will be running for president in the same elections. – Rappler.com
Lara Batulan is a communication student from the University of the Philippines Cebu.