- Students and faculty members of Far Eastern University (FEU) Manila conducted a noise barrage outside the university to protest the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
- Tamaraws Against Marcos, a group of student leaders, alumni and faculty members of the FEU community organized the event using social media to gather supporters
- The group is also expected to join the November 30 rally at the EDSA People Power Monument
It takes a lot of courage for people to go out in the streets and rally for a cause they genuinely believe in.
In an issue that has become so divisive that, to an extent, relationships and personal ties are at risk, it is a bold move to do something to counter narratives that are premised on oppression, revisionism and apathy.
This is exactly what students, alumni and some faculty members of Far Eastern University (FEU) Manila did when they decided to take a stand on the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. through staging a noise barrage in front of the university yesterday, November 24.
The protest was organized by members of the social media group Tamaraws Against Marcos composed of students, alumni and faculty members who wanted to instill social awareness for the FEU community.
The protest started around five in the afternoon with the students marching outside the university premises holding placards and signs expressing their dissent.
The group then went outside to occupy two lanes in front of the university’s gate where they staged a short program discussing the atrocities and human rights violations during Martial law.
In an exclusive Kami.com.ph interview, Atty. Jesus Falcis, one of the organizers of the event said that they did not expect the response from the students. “It is overwhelming, we were only expecting twenty to thirty people but I think more than a hundred came,” Falcis said.
Pat Anthony Padua, FEU Central Student Organization Secretary also expressed his appreciation to the students who went out to rally against the former dictator’s burial. He also said that seeing the youth today actively engaging in issues of national interest gives him hope of a better future.
The protest was generally peaceful with no reported incident of violence among the participants. When asked about what the future holds for the movement, the organizers said that they’re expecting the same group of people to join all anti-Marcos groups in the scheduled November 30 rally at the EDSA People Power Monument.