Following the sneaky burial of the late Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani last Friday, several student organizations will conduct a candle-lighting ceremony at 5:00 PM this Monday, Nov. 21, to “honor the martial law victims whose call for justice remains unanswered.”
Dubbed as “Liwanag ng Hustisya”, the activity aims to call for social justice for the victims of Martial Law and to denounce Marcos’ burial.
“We are taught about being men and women for others and of social justice. Now is the right time to be Ateneans in this heavily challenged society. Hindi natin kilangang maging biktima o nakaranas ng mga hagupit sa panahon ng Martial Law para ipaglaban ang nararapat,” National Chairperson of the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines and Campus Clubs Organization Chairperson Khryzza Mae Pinzon expressed.
According to her, it is time to embody what was taught to Ateneans during their FYDP and NSTP classes. She also urged Ateneans to never forget about the country’s history.
“Hindi sapat na sabihin na magpatawad at kalimutan na lamang ang nakaraan. Hindi matatapos ang isyu na ito hangga’t hindi nakakamit ang hustisya ng mga biktima. It’s more than of being an Atenean to question what’s happening, it is our moral obligation as Filipinos,” she added.
Students are also encouraged to wear black on Wednesday as a sign of grieving for the said burial.
Some student organizations from Ateneo de Davao had already expressed their stand against the said burial, expressing that Marcos should not be considered a hero after the harassment, human rights violations, and killings done under his regime. These organizations include student publication Atenews, political parties Buklurang Atenista (BUKLAT), Pinag-isang Lakas ng Samahan ng Progresibong Atenista (PIGLASAPAT), and BAHAGHARI, and the SAMAHAN Central Board.