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Groups frontline in 50th anniversary of Martial Law declaration

September 22, 2022 - Thursday 3:09 PM by Patricia Francia Lachica

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'Never again, never forget' — chanted the grassroots organizations who have been on the frontlines of the streets during September 21, the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Martial Law. 

"Those who witnessed Marcos' martial law shiver at the parallelisms between the news headlines then and the headlines today. Rising prices of gas and basic commodities, food supply shortages and a rapidly declining Philippine peso, are in the news every night." said the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses and Martial Law (CARMMA).

CARMMA, a campaign network of martial law victims, peace advocates, and human rights groups, also stated Marcos Sr.'s martial law "was a period of unrelenting economic crisis and political unrest that had millions facing daily hunger and where thousands were arrested, tortured or killed."

Additionally, Anakpawis Partylist National President Ariel Casilao said it is still the same since peasants in the country remain landless, workers with low wages, and low-income families as victims of rising living costs and basic commodities price hikes. 

"Danas na danas ng mga mahihirap na Pilipino ang krisis pang-ekonomiya, pero walang aksyon pa rin ang rehimen, at mas marami pa yata ang inilunsad na party, kaysa mga repormang nakabenepisyo sa mamamayan," said Casilao. 

(The poor Filipinos are well aware of the economic crisis, but the regime still has no action. It seems that more parties have been launched than reforms that benefit the people)

A youth group then honored Martial Law activists by "fighting until death for the rights of Filipinos" and denounced the "skyrocketing of prices of basic commodities while livable wages and jobs are plummeting."
 
"The Filipino youth are determined to fight for livable wage and jobs, and rights of the people, amidst worsening attacks against progressives. We take inspiration from our seniors who fought with their lives to end the Marcos dictatorship," said youth group Anakbayan.

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