Six martyrs who were tortured and killed for opposing late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos’ Martial Law were inducted to the Bantog ng mga Bayani on Tuesday (November 30), coinciding with the anniversary of hero Andres Bonifacio's birth.
Masinding Alonto Sr., David Borja, Nicetas Perez, and Minda Luz Quesada were among those inducted during the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation Inc.'s Annual Honoring of Martyrs and Heroes, a commemoration of the Filipino people's resistance against the Marcos regime. Also inducted were doctors Rimberto Daniel dela Paz and Juan Escandor, who were hailed for their work in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic as heroic medical frontrunners.
Dr. Silvia dela Paz, Perez's widow, urged Filipinos never to forget the atrocities of Martial law, noting that “Marcos is not a hero and never will be." "Let us be vigilant in working for the restoration of peace in our hearts, not peace of the cemetery; of peace that is based on justice, as well as food and shelter for all of those who work," she said.
Jair Escandor, the grandson of Dr. Escandor, made a similar plea, urging the youth to “stand up against the attacks on our democratic rights.”
“We should use our skills and talent to be of service to our country," he added.
"The Marcos regime was a regime of tyranny, untold suffering and horrific crimes against the Moro people and the Filipino nation," Masinding Alonto Jr., who accepted the induction on behalf of his martyred father, said.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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