Simbahayan commemorates Martial Law in week-long exhibit

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A student looks at the Pietà-like photo of photojournalist Raffy Lerma displayed at the UST Simbahayan's exhibit in commemoration of the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, at the Tan Yan Kee lobby last Sept 18. (Photo by Deejae S. Dumlao/The Varsitarian)

THE SIMBAHAYAN Community Development Office launched “Martial Law, Noon. Ano Na Ngayon,” an exhibit in commemoration of the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, at the Tan Yan Kee lobby last Sept 18.

The exhibit featured infographics about Martial Law and profiles of Thomasians who fought the Marcos dictatorship: Jose Burgos Jr., Asuncion Martinez, Jose Marie Velez, Lucio de Guzman, Mary Bernard Jimenez and Miguel Purugganan.

“We can see here [that] there were many Thomasians who deserve to be known and their lives and contributions deserve to be tackled,” said Froilan Alipao, assistant director of Simbahayan.

Alipao said students should not forget the culture of violence and corruption that prevailed during the Martial Law years.

“You can see now, malagim ang justification sa war on drugs ng mga extrajudicial killings. There is no due process (for the arrests or killings), and that is a serious violation of one’s rights,” Alipao said.

Every student has a role to play in upholding human rights and fighting against dictatorship, he added. K. I. C. Gonzales

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