AS the Philippines celebrated the birthday of its great plebeian hero Andres Bonifacio last Nov. 30, a motley group of Filipino Americans demonstrated in front of the Philippine Consulate office in downtown Los Angeles to denounce the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte for its alleged responsibility in the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LMNB).
Edwin Vasquez, who came from West Covina, said he has no doubt that Duterte was among those who were responsible for the controversial burial of Marcos.
“It was his campaign promise,” Vasquez pointed out, adding that Duterte’s made sure that this promise was fulfilled since becoming the president.
“Kasalanan niya ‘yan. Marcos was never a hero, he was responsible for the suffering of many Filipino people. Malaking insulto ‘yan sa mga Pilipino,” Vasquez said.
Another demonstrator, John Eric Concordia, a member of the Pro-people Youth or Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB), said he joined the demonstration to “challenge the notion that Marcos was hero.”
The demonstrators chanted anti-Marcos and anti-Duterte slogans. They held placards bearing the same messages before dispersing peacefully after demonstrating for about an hour in front of building 3435 Wilshire Boulevard where the Philippine Consulate is situated.