Anti-Marcos protesters descended on the People Power Monument on November 30 clad in black to denounce the hurried, stealthy burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The rally ran from 4 pm to 12 midnight, presumably to give enough time for anyone who wants to join, although the rather extended hours mean that you won’t get a full picture of exactly how many people attended, because it’s not very likely that everyone would have stayed the entire eight hours.
We got there before 7 in the evening, at which point representatives from various schools and organizations were speaking out against the Marcoses, the sneaky burial, the abuses during the Martial Law era, and Duterte’s apparent favor for the Marcoses, among others. The Batas Militar documentary was also being screened some distance behind the main crowd, with some groups gathered in front the projection screen to watch.
There were also some interesting sights throughout the event.
And of course, people really went hard with their signs, as expected. There were a lot of funny, quirky signs that nevertheless expressed disgust at the recent turn of events. I’m not surprised that they may be a bit of a shock to the more seasoned protesters and activists who go for the, shall we say, traditional messages on their protest signs.
However, this one stood out in its earnestness and its straightforward demand.
And that is really what this protest–and people’s continuing anger and outrage–is all about.