Youth activists deface Marcos bust in Laoag City

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MEMBERS OF the Kabataang Makabayan (KM)-Ilocos and Pambansang Katipunan ng Magbubukid-Ilocos have defaced a bust of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Ilocano Heroes Walk in Laoag City. Under cover of darkness, activists poured red paint on the monument, which was unveiled in Dec. 2013 along with eight other prominent Ilocanos at the Sirib (Wise) Mile, the university belt in Laoag City. KM-Ilocos said the defacement was a response to the claim of Ilocos Norte Gov. Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos, daughter of the dictator, that millennials have moved on from martial law and that the rest of the country should too. The defacement “proves that the youth and the people will never forget how Marcos Sr. and his family plundered the nation, violated human rights like torture, illegal arrests, killings and how they abused power,” Karlo Agbannuag, KM spokesman, said in a statement. Mr. Agbannuag, likely an alias, also said in Filipino that Mr. Marcos has no right to be placed alongside memorials to heroes of the province and the country. A government board has approved the claims for reparation of more than 11,000 victims of rights abuses during the Marcos administration. The payments were sourced from recovered ill-gotten wealth. — Philstar





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