A Missionary’s Advocacy

Sophia Maria Aguedda T. Enage, Grade 11 STEM-A
Hannaniña Marie Mantos, Grade 9 C

Strengthening the school’s integration of the Human Rights Day and correcting the false information brought by social media with regard to the burial of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, St. Theresa’s College of Cebu hosted a forum about the Martial Law on December 12, 2016 at the school’s auditorium with the theme, “Stand Up for Someone Rights Today.”

Before the forum proper, a brief history about the Marcoses and their cronies were presented to the audience. The controversial Marcos era was further enlightened to the experiences during the Marcos regime as a resident and political detainee. He also discussed the implications of the burial of the former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, stressing that Ferdinand Marcos is not a hero.

“No four walls, no power, could ever imprison the human soul,” Fr. Ben said as he highlighted his internal conflicts and dilemma while being held captive during the martial law.

Questions from the High School and the College Departments were answered by Fr. Ben after his sharing, concluding that the aftermath of the Martial Law can never be forgotten, as well as its grave effects on the state of the country. The talk strengthened each one’s integrity; rekindling the Theresian advocacy for truth as the students were corrected and made aware of the truth behind the Marcos era, encouraging them to stand up for each Filipino’s human rights.

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