Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Youth to Imee Marcos: Forgiveness Demands Justice!
Akbayan Youth joined fellow youth and student groups today in conducting the "Honk for Justice" Noise Barrage, Candle-lighting, and Banner Hanging in commemoration of the 44th year of Martial Law (ML) Declaration.
"Our search for justice for the heroes and martyrs who fought the Marcos dictatorship remains elusive, even after 44 years since Martial law was declared. Forgiving Marcos and giving him a hero's burial while justice remains out of reach for many Filipinos promotes a culture of impunity. Forgiveness without justice is an invitation to repeat the sins of the past," said JC Tejano of Akbayan Youth.
The groups said this in response to an earlier call of Imee Marcos to the Filipino people to forgive his father, the late dictator, President Ferdinand Marcos and to have him buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
"Marcos, his family and cronies, still haven't returned the money that they have stolen from us. How can we forgive the Marcoses who not only continues to whitewash their role in one of the darkest moments in our history, but also continues to live off of the money of the people," added Tejano.
The PCGG estimates that the Marcoses amassed a total of USD 5-10 Billion and have yet to return USD 1.4-6.4 Billion to the Filipino people.
The youth groups finally called on their fellow youth to use this opportunity to know more about the Martial Law years.
"The youth must join the search for truth and justice if we do not want history to repeat itself. Those who came before use did not allow themselves to be silenced and spoke truth to power. It is our generation's responsibility to honor their memory by echoing their voices and standing by the truth, especially when the truth is being silenced by those in power," concluded Tejano.