(An open letter to Imee Marcos)
Please do not trivialize the anti-Marcos-burial protesters by calling us "yellowish."
During Martial Law, my personal friends were jailed, tortured, raped, maimed, and murdered; we lost our jobs because your father shut down media; we lost our legal rights because he suspended the writ of habeas corpus; plus many more atrocity.
Would you call those “yellowish?”
You let your father’s body fester, displaying to the world his replica, for 27 years so that you could, on November 18, 2016, 12 noon, brandish his power over Filipinos once again by burying him at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Shrine).
You opened up our old wounds; you forced us to relive those dark, dark years in our country's history.
Forgive? Yes, every Christian must. But reward? Reward the perpetrator of beastly crimes with a hero’s burial? Marcos is not a hero.
So please do not gag us nor kill our spirit, like your father did, by branding us “yellowish.” Call us by our real names:
Martial Law Victims.
We are black. Black with and in pain.