Since the day the Supreme Court took the side of the Marcos family on the issue of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB), citizens went in droves to rallies. In line with this, protesters plan to fully utilize November 30 as another large scale demonstration against the ruling.
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas has also been very open about his stand on the issue as he has voiced his disappointment over the court’s decision. He has also taken part in the aforementioned rallies.
In recent news, the archbishop has once again reiterated his stand as he encouraged Catholics to protest tomorrow.
“Nananawagan ako sa mga magulang na ikuwento sa mga kabataan ang buong kasaysayan ng diktadurya at huwag pabanguhin ang pangit o pagandahin ang kamalian. Ang paglimot sa mga namatay sa martial law ay paglibak sa kanilang kabayanihan,” he said.
“Ang pagmamahal sa bayan ay isang mukha ng pananampalataya sa Diyos. Sa anumang rally o symposium o protestang gagawin, palaging tandaan na ang paninindigan ay dapat na mula sa pagmamalasakit at hindi higanti.”
In the full statement of the archbishop, he said if people believe that it is part of their responsibility as Christians to join the rally, he is giving his full blessing.
“Kung sa inyong paninindigan, ang makisali sa mga rally ay kinakailangan at sa tingin ninyo ay bahagi ng ating tungkuling Kristiyano, kayo ay malugod kong hinihimok na dumalo dala ang aking basbas.”
“Huwag lumimot. Manindigan. Makisangkot. Huwag pabayaang mawalang muli ang kalayaan!”
The protest for tomorrow is expected to take place at the People Power Monument situated along EDSA QC.
Archbishop Villegas Encourages Catholics to Join Anti-Marcos Protests: ‘Huwag Lumimot. Manindigan. Makisangkot. Huwag Pabayaang Mawalang Muli ang Kalayaan!’