USPGG has joined a global network of Filipinos who have come together (across political and religious affiliations) to form the Kontra Libing Coalition, to protest against the current administration’s plans to bury the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery) on Sept. 18, 2016.
A global day of protest has been set on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, 12:00 noon in front of Philippine Embassies and Consulates worldwide.
According to Republic Act 289, the law that created the Libingan, only those Presidents, soldiers, national artists and patriotic Filipinos who are “worthy of inspiring and being emulated by this generation and of generations still unborn” are to be allowed in the special burial grounds.
Because of the numerous documented cases of graft and corruption with impunity, as well as human rights abuses committed by the late Ferdinand Marcos Sr., he clearly does not fit the description of someone that should be emulated by future generations of Filipinos.
Furthermore, the late dictator himself, when near death, relayed his last wishes to then Vice President Doy Laurel: “I want to be buried beside my mother.” His mother’s remains are in the Marcos family’s hometown in Ilocos Region.
As of August 23, 2016, the Philippine Supreme Court issued a “status-quo” order to halt the preparations being made for the late dictator’s burial at the Heroes’ Cemetery. Their oral arguments slated Aug. 24 was also postponed to August 31.
VERIFIED PROTEST LOCATIONS on Sept. 7:
IN NEW YORK – 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm (local time):
The Philippine Consulate General
556 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10036, USA
IN SAN FRANCISCO – 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm (local time):
Philippine Consulate 447 Sutter Street (between Stockton and Powell) in San Francisco
Contact: San Francisco Kontra Libing Coalition | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. No. (415) 334-7800
IN GUAM – 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (local time):
ITC Bldg, San Antonio Road corner North Marine Corps Drive, Tamuning, Guam
IN SAIPAN – 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (local time):
San Jose Intersection, Beach Road, Saipan, CNMI
You can also join the online protest by using the following hashtags on Facebook and Twitter: