November 25, 2016
Renato M. Reyes, Jr. BAYAN secretary general
Bayan congratulates the Filipino people protesting across the nation and overseas today, #BlackFriday, in a historic display of indignation against the Marcos burial. Today’s anti-Marcos protest will be the biggest and most widespread since the dictator was booted out of power in 1986. It is a testament to the commitment of the Filipino people to the call “Never Again”. Where politicians and the ruling system have failed, the people especially the youth, have shown that they are not about to forget and that they will not sit idly by and watch the reversal of history.
The struggling people are now the only thing that stands in the way of a fullblown Marcos restoration. The Marcos burial is not the end game for the dictator’s heirs. It is just another step in their unending efforts to return to Malacañang, on or before 2022. When we say “Never Again” now, it is with the greatest sense of urgency and concern. The dictator’s heirs are now closer than ever to achieving their return to the highest seat of power.
Our protests are aimed at the Marcos burial and the Duterte-Marcos alliance. The people are demanding the reversal of the burial and for Duterte to once and for all abandon his alliance with the Marcoses. The people hold Duterte accountable for the burial. The people demand an end to a system of political accommodation and compromise among the elite which have allowed the Marcoses to worm their way back to power. The people likewise oppose the continuation of fascist or Marcosian measures the continuing militarization of communities and incarceration of political prisoners.
It is not enough that Duterte allow the holding of protests against the burial. More importantly, he should listen to the people’s rage. He should understand their deep resentment of the dictator and the opposition to his rehabilitation.
Contrary to what Duterte thinks, the burial is not simply a legal issue of Marcos being a soldier and a president. He was a soldier who faked his war records and he was a President who illegally held on to power for two decades, committing plunder, gross human rights violations and shameless puppetry to foreign interests. The burial is a moral, historical and political question, more than a mere legal issue.
Whatever happens to the dictator’s remains, were are assured that the widespread political awakening resulting from the burial will be the wellspring of people’s opposition to the return of the Marcoses to power. Never again. Mabuhay ang sambayanang Pilipino! ###