Thursday, November 10, 2016

Washington Fil-Ams set protest vs. Marcos hero's burial

Several Filipino-American leaders will troop to the Philippine Embassy in the United States on Thursday (Philippine time) to protest the looming hero's burial for the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
A statement from the US Pinoys for Good Governance DC said the protesters "will also express their disgust with Duterte's anti-American statements, insulting behavior and incitement of unlawful killings over the past four months."
The protest will be held following the Philippine Supreme Court's decision junking the consolidated petitions blocking Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on account of the corruption and human rights abuses under his long reign as president.
"The Philippine Supreme Court yesterday decided to allow Duterte, as commander-in-chief, to fulfill his controversial promise to the dictator's widow Imelda Marcos, her son Bongbong and daughter Imee," the group said.

According to the group, retired Maryland State Delegate David Valderrama will lead Filipino-American community representatives in speaking out during the protest.

"Valderrama will denounce Duterte's wild allegations that prominent New York Filipino American philanthropist, Ms. Loida Nicolas-Lewis, was the financier of US opposition and plotted a coup with billionaire George Soros against the PH presiden," the group said.

It added that Valderrama will be joined by leaders from the Filipino religious, veterans, artists, professionals, retiree and student groups.
"The protesters will sing songs, chant slogans and hold posters over the symbolic coffin of the dictator," the group said. —KBK, GMA News

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