Story and photos by MARK FRANCISCO
XAVIER University college seniors taking up the program leading to a degree in International Studies held a photo exhibit in commemoration of the 46th anniversary of the martial law declared by then President Ferdinand Marcos in 1972.
Yzander Gillegao, Ateneo Diplomatic Corps president, said the 19 selected photos in the exhibit depicted the human rights abuses perpetrated during the eight-year martial rule until 1981.
In the day-long exhibit held at the Magis Atrium last Friday, there were also video presentations featuring testimonies of people who suffered these human rights abuses.
The 130 students in three classes who are taking up IS 50 (Philippine Politics and Diplomacy under Prof. Roderico Dumaug Jr. said they intend to portray to the passersby-cum-fellow students in the area leading to the university canteen about the harshness of the 1970s-style martial law in the country and remind them to never again succumb to such kinds of abuses.
“We appreciate the freedom that we enjoy today. It’s our responsibility to protect ourselves. We need to be aware and participate ourselves in political discussions,” Gillegao said.
Another student, Amy Degamo, opined that the sacrifices of those who suffered during martial law resulted to the freedom that we enjoy today in the country.
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