PAMALAKAYA slams Marcos-holiday declaration in Ilocos Norte
Manila, Philippines – “This is historical revisionism at its inner core!”
This was the reaction of the national fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Friday after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte through its Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed the Proclamation 310 declaring September 11 as a special non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte to mark the birth anniversary of the late-dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
The group said President Duterte is ultimately deodorizing the atrocities of the Marcos regime by first letting his remains buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani despite strong opposition from the people and now, declaring his birth anniversary as a special non-working holiday in the province of Ilocos Norte.
“President Duterte does the usual whitewashing of the heinous crimes committed by the late-dictator against the Filipino people. He wants us to bury the thousands of martial law victims together with the billions of plundered wealth in oblivion,”
“If President Duterte thinks the Filipino people could totally forget the dark days of martial rule under the late-dictator Ferdinand Marcos, then he got it all wrong. We will never forget; it is not only the North but the whole archipelago always remember how the Marcoses took advantage of their power for two decades at the expense of the Filipino people’s civil rights,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
The group suggested that since Duterte is the only one who wants to celebrate the birth anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos, the non-working holiday declaration must only apply to the Malacanang Palace and not to impose his blind-servitude to Marcoses to the people of Ilocos Norte.
“President Duterte uses his position to venerate the Marcoses even if the people are in extreme fury against them. The President must celebrate the birth anniversary of his idol all by himself together with the Marcoses because chances are, not every Ilocano wants to be part of that illusory feast,” ended Hicap. ###