MANILA, Philippines – The Samahan ng mga Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA), an organization of former political prisoners, many of them victims during Martial Law, today decried a resolution being circulated in the House of Representatives appealing to President Noynoy Aquino for former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
SELDA secretary general Fr. Dionito Cabillas said that the resolution, led by Sorsogon Representative Salvador Escudero and signed by 190 House members on Monday night, was an affront to the Filipino people and the thousands of victims of the Marcoses.
“It makes a mockery out of the horrors that the Filipino people endured during the Martial Law era: numerous human rights violations including summary executions, enforced disappearances, torture, illegal arrests and detention, hamletting and forced evacuation, among others. Pres. Aquino should be best reminded by his own father’s experience as a victim during that dark period in our history,” said Cabillas.
Cabillas reminded the lawmakers in the House of Representatives of the gross human rights violations and atrocities Marcos committed under his rule.
“These gross human rights violations are among the bases of the Filipino people in our struggle against the Marcos dictatorship. This is also the reason why SELDA initiated the filing of the historic class action suit against Marcos and his family immediately after People Power I to obtain justice for the various rights violations under the Marcoses,” he added.
He cited the decision by the US Federal Court issued on September 22, 1992 which found Marcos guilty of gross human rights violations and the Estate of Marcos is liable to pay damages to the victims.
“We strongly oppose this measure, as we enjoin all victims of human rights rights violations to act against this travesty of history,” Cabillas concluded.