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Groups hold nationwide torch parade and candle lighting for nameless martyrs of Martial Law

Youth and rights groups hold nationwide torch parade and candle lighting to honor nameless heroes and martyrs of Martial Law

Youth groups led by Youth for Rights (Y4R) together with human rights organization Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) held a torch parade and nationwide candle lighting to honor nameless heroes and martyrs in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law.

In Quezon City, the group’s torch and candle light parade started at 5:30 in the afternoon OF September 21, along Quezon City Circle that proceeded to Palma hall in University of the Philippines where a concert which they dubbed as “Balik Himig sa mga Awit ng Pakikibaka ng panahon ng Batas Militar, the RememberML@40 concert” was being held.

“We are one with the human rights community and all the survivors of Martial Law in confronting attempts to revise and distort history. The Marcoses maimed, killed, tortured, and disappeared thousands. The families and victims of that horror have yet to find justice and closure and yet the lies of the Marcoses and their allies are being peddled as truths,” said Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director of TFDP.

TFDP is a national human rights organization established in 1974 by the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) in response to the rampant human rights violations caused by Proclamation 1081 by then President Ferdinand Marcos.

“TFDP refuses to forget the lessons that the nation learned from that dark episode of our history. That on that faithful day of September 21, 1972, forty years ago, President Ferdinand Marcos deliberately breached his contract with the Filipino people by declaring Martial Law that would lead to unimaginable cases of human rights violations and abuses,” Amistad added.

TFDP’s documentation shows that 6,472 suffered arbitrary arrests and detention, 1,050 were tortured by government security forces and paramilitary groups.

“Under Marcos rule, many were tortured, killed and disappeared. Mostly were activists from the marginalized sectors of our society. Their only fault was that they never feared to fight for their rights and demand for change,” Amistad continued.

According to TFDP, Forty years ago, the Filipino people were faced with a corrupt abusive regime that not only fed from the nation’s wealth but from the blood of the toiling masses.

The candle lighting to honor nameless heroes and martyrs of Martial Law was also done in other major cities in Visayas and Mindanao.

Members of the RememberML@40-Never Again to Martial Law campaign network also lighted candles in Cebu Freedom Park, in Dumaguete and in Freedom Park and University of Mindanao in Davao City as well.

TFDP also initiated the online campaign #rememberML@40 in the social networking site Facebook. “It serves as venue to share stories of heroism, sacrifices and nationalism of the youth under ML,” Amistad explained.

FB users changed their profile pictures with photos and icons of pinky fingers with a red ribbon as pledge to remember, inform and inspire others about the truth and demand for justice for all victims of Martial Law.

“We call on President Aquino to honor our nameless heroes and martyrs by starting with fulfilling his promise during his 2011 SONA to compensate all victims of human rights violations of Martial Law. May he be inspired with what his father, former Senator Ninoy Aquino fought for,” Amistad declared.

“TFDP will never allow that all the sacrifices of those who fought the dictatorship will go to waste. We will continue to inform and educate the Filipino people about the truth especially our youth of today who never experienced ML. For there will be no better way to honor our heroes and martyrs not only by retelling their stories but to be inspired about their lives and to continue asserting for human rights,” Amistad concluded.

Torch parade Photo by PhilRights

TFDP, Y4R and members of #rememberML@40 campaign network in Visayas in Cebu Normal University commemoration activity- September 21, 2012. Photo by TFDP Visayas

TFDP, Y4R and members of #rememberML@40 campaign network in a candle lighting in University of Mindanao- September 21, 2012. Photo by TFDP Mindanao

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Remember.Inform.Inspire. Like and Share #rememberML@40

On the 40th Anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, let us push for the ‘Compensation Act’ for all victims of human rights violations of the Marcoses,

JOIN us in our pledge to remember, inform and inspire the youth with the truth and lessons that our nation learned from this dark period of our history.

I pledge to…

Never Again to Martial Law!
We remember, we inform, we inspire
Our youth with the truth and lessons of Martial Law.
#rememberML@40

and Invite people to…
1. Like and share the “Remember ML@40” FB pagehttps://www.facebook.com/rememberMLatl40
2. Invite/recruit 40 or more others to like “Remember ML@40” FB page and ask them to recruit 40 more
3. Submit and/or post own “Pinky Pledge Photo” and ask others to do the same
4. Like and share all posts from “Remember ML@40” FB page
5. Participate in the “Online action day”
6. Change profile pic on September 21, 2012

[Isyung HR] Mokong is back and I am for #rememberML@40

Isyung HR is here again. Pasensiya na na-busy lang o nag-busy-busyhan lang. Four months din akong nabakante sa kamokongan. Sorry sa iisang avid follower at sa laksalaksang hindi pa nakakabasa ng blog na ito.

I would like to start blogging kamokongan again.  Pero let me start with a serious support para sa isang campaign online.  It’s called #rememberML@40 online and offline education-information campaign about the truth that our nation learned from the lessons of Martial Law.

The campaign is in line with the up-coming 40th Anniversary commemoration ng declaration of ML by then President Marcos in September 21, 1972.  I was not born yet but I was conceived under this situation.  O ha.  Hindi ako Martial Law baby, ako ay martial law fetus pa during that dark years of our history.

The campaign aims to collect pledges and likes sa Facebook Page.  Targeting 40k likes, combining online and offline activities, nilalayon nitong ma-popularize ang ML sa consciousness ng mamamayang kamokongan. The call is to remember, inform and inspire the people especially the youth, na sinasabi ng marami na hindi na aware sa anumang nangyari noon. Siyempre by informing and inspiring the youth about the heroism and martyrdom of the generation that fought and struggled against tyranny.

Objective nitong wag masayang ang pinaghirapan ng maraming bayani na nagbuwis ng buhay nuon.  Tapatan ang ilang mga mokong sa pagtatangkang baluktutin ang kasaysayan.  Maibigay ang nararapat na hustisya sa mga biktima sa pamamagitan ng pagsusulong ng compensation act for victims of ML at pagkilala sa mga kwento ng mga biktima ng tortyur, sapilitang pangwawala, pagpatay, pagkulong at iba pa.

I would like to invite you (oo ikaw na nag-iisang nagbabasa ng blog na ito), join us na NOW na!

On the 40th Anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, let us push for the ‘Compensation Act’ for all victims of human rights violations of the Marcoses,

JOIN us in our pledge to remember, inform and inspire the youth with the truth and lessons that our nation learned from this dark period of our history.

I pledge to say…

Never Again to Martial Law!
We remember, we inform, we inspire
Our youth with the truth and lessons of Martial Law.
#rememberML@40

and Invite people to…

1.            Like and share the “Remember ML@40” FB page https://www.facebook.com/rememberMLatl40

2.            Invite/recruit 40 or more others to like “Remember ML@40” FB page and ask them to recruit 40 more

3.            Submit and/or post own “Pinky Pledge Photo” and ask others to do the same

4.            Like and share all posts from “Remember ML@40” FB page

5.            Participate in the “Online action day”

6.            Change profile pic on September 21, 2012

Ok? Gets…

Mokong of the world unite… Like and Share na! send in yout Pinky Pledge Photos!