MANILA, Philippines — Anti-Marcos protesters on Saturday gathered to mark the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution which toppled the 20-year rule of former President Ferdinand Marcos.
Protesters from various sectors and universities trooped at the People Power Monument near Camp Aguinaldo to decry the burial of the late dictator.
The rallies started as early as 9 a.m. with the Block Marcos Movement staging a protest caravan from the monument going to the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.
Leftists groups, including Bayan and Coalition Against the Return of the Marcoses in Malacañang (CARMMA), together with students from various universities, joined the protests on Saturday afternoon to air their grievances against the Duterte administration.
The burial of the late strongman was a campaign promise of President Rodrigo Duterte, who won in the elections with over 16 million votes.
Despite public opposition, Marcos was buried in a heroes’ cemetery in November last year.
Meanwhile, several members of the Liberal Party (LP), particularly LP President Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Senators Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Risa Hontiveros, Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon joined the protesters on Saturday afternoon.
Also present during the event was former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
A small group of students who call themselves “Duterte youth” also converged at the People Power Monument to express their support for Duterte. Reenacting a scene from the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, anti-Marcos protesters offered flowers to them but the group refused to accept.
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