- The Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation has installed additional 19 names of “heroes and martyrs” who fought former President Ferdinand Marcos
- Included in the list of new batch is late Sen. Jovito Salonga who was among the victims of the bombings of the Plaza Miranda
- Calling them as the real heroes, Tañada said it just fitting to give honor and respect (them) as “they bravely fought for the country’s liberty from the Marcos dictatorship regime
The Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation has installed additional names of 19 “heroes and martyrs” who fought former President Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship during martial law in a ceremony held on Wednesday November 30 at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City.
Coincided with the observance of Andres Bonfacio’s birth anniversary, former Senator Wigberto Tañada, who heads the foundation, said the names of the new batch were now carved at the “wall of remembrance” together with other members which include student-activists, labor leaders, artists and journalists.
Calling them as the real heroes, he said it just fitting to give honor and respect (them) as “they bravely fought for the country’s liberty from the Marcos dictatorship regime.”
Included in the list of new batch is late Sen. Jovito Salonga, a staunch critic of the Marcos administration. He was among the victims of the bombings of the Plaza Miranda where the opposition party rally was being held. He passed away last March.
Other names of “heroes and martyrs” include editor-in-chief Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, journalists Lourdes Estella-Simbulan and Antonio Zumel and youth leaders Eduardo Aquino, Fortunato Camus, Edgardo Dojillo, Joel Cecilio Jose, Marciano Anastacio, Jr. Ricardo Filio and Hernando Cortez.
According to GMA report, the foundation also recognized late beauty queen Margarita “Maita” Gomez, director Behn Cervantes, labor leader Simplicio Villados, soldier Danilo Vizmaanos, Manuel Dorotan, and members of the clergy Bishop Julio Labayen, Romulo Peralta and Jose Tangente.
Tañada said these real heroes join with the Filipinos who decried with the Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani last November 18.
“We strongly support the Bantayog Foundation’s conviction that Ferdinand Marcos is not a hero,” he stressed.
Honoring the “real heroes” were Satur Ocampo, Neri Colmenares, NDF’s Luis Jalandoni, Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera.
Also present during the ceremony were Vice President Leni Robredo and Sen. Francis Pangilinan.