ONE BIG FIGHT | Ateneo, UP, La Salle heads join forces vs Marcos burial at LNMB
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MANILA - The heads of three of the country's biggest universities - Ateneo, La Salle and the University of the Philippines - closed ranks Wednesday in the call against the burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin of Ateneo de Manila University, UP Chancellor Michael Tan and De La Salle University president Bro. Jose Mari Jimenez issued speeches at the big rally called to denounce the transfer last Nov. 18 of the late president's remains from Batac, Ilocos Norte to the LNMB.
Despite their schools' intense rivalry on the hardcourt, the three school officials set aside differences for a shared advocacy.
"I salute our youth," said Villarin to the crowd, as people chanted "Libing ni Marcos, pera ng bayan! Stem cell ni Imelda, pera ng bayan!"
Villarin continued: "Maraming nagmamaang-maangan, per hindi kayo [Many people act as if everything's normal, but you're not]."
He added, "We thought you were numb but you aren't." The Ateneo president urged the youth not to lose heart in the face of falsehoods being spread after the Marcos re-burial.
"Let us side with what is right and true," he said. "Be the light in the midst of darkness."
He also took a jab at those who have become addicted to power, ruing how it has blinded them from being able to distinguish right from wrong.
For his part, Bro. JImenez said the protest continues what had gone before. As Filipinos fought against the dictatorship and against human rights violations, so would they continue to do so today.
Greeted by chants of "Unibersidad ng Pilipinas!, Tan thanked the students for joining the rally despite their being a UAAP game at the same time, between Ateneo and Far Eastern University.
Tan said he hoped such protests would continue.
"The millennials will write history, and it will be histort that will include this afternoon," he said.
"Change is not coming. Change is here, this afternoon," he added.