University of the Philippines
PAGGUNITA AT PARANGAL SA MGA ISKOLAR NG BAYAN
SA BANTAYOG NG MGA BAYANAI;
A CENTENNIAL TRIBUTE TO U.P. MARTYRS AND HEROES
November 29, 2008
Bantayog Memorial Center
Quezon Ave. cor. EDSA, Diliman, Quezon City
8:00 am Registration
9:00 Entrance of Colors
U.P. Staff Chorale
Dr. Cristina P. Hidalgo
U.P. Vice-President for Public Affairs
Sen. Jovito R. Salonga
Chairman Emeritus, Bantayog ng mga
Bayani Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman
President, University of the Philippines
Recognition of U.P. Martyrs and Heroes
Mrs. Letizia Roxas Constantino
U.P. Staff Chorale
Prof. Chris M. Reyes, Conductor
Dean Jorge V. Sibal, Over-all Chair
10:30 am Floral & Candles Offering and
– Kontra Gapi
– Becky Demitillo Abraham
– U.P. Staff Chorale
U.P. Naming Mahal
Dr. Elizabeth L. Enriquez
Master of Ceremonies
The 72 UP Bantayog Martyrs and Heroes
1. Leandro Legere Alejandro, Tanza Navotas, Metro Manila
AB Philippine Studies, U.P. Diliman, 1984.
Lean was a Staff Member of Philippine Collegian in 1979; Chair of the Youth for Nationalism and Democracy in 1980-81; Founder of CORD (Coalition Organization for the Realization of Democracy) in 1984, SELDA (Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at para sa Amnestiya), NAJFD (Nationalist Alliance for Justice, Freedom and Democracy), KAAKBAY, BAYAN (Bagong Alyansang Makabayan) and PnB (Partido ng Bayan). He was ambushed on Sept. 17, 1987 near Bayan Headquarters in Q.C. He died at age 27.
2. Leo Clamor Alto
4th year, Pre-Med student, U.P., 1970-72.
He joined SCAUP (Student Cultural Association of U.P.) in 1970 and attended discussion-groups, teach-ins and rallies. He became an active member of KM (Kabataang Makakabayan) Rizal Chapter in charge of propaganda, education and mobilization campaigns. He became a political and medical officer of an NPA mobile force. He died in an NPA-Military encounter in Zamboanga on Aug. 1, 1975. He was 23.
3. Emmanuel Igtiben Alvarez, Cavite City
Public Administration, U.P. Diliman, 1969-1972.
Emmanuel was a member of the Kabataang Makabayan (KM) National Council in 1969; KM Vice Chair in 1970, and later National KM Chair in 1971. On January 6, 1976, coming from his house in Cavite City, he took a bus, from where he was last seen, and was picked up by two men in civilian clothes. He was never seen again. He was 27 when he disappeared.
4. Benigno Servillano Aquino, Jr., Concepcion, Tarlac
Ninoy finished college at the Ateneo de Manila and Pre-Law at U.P. Padre Faura and Diliman. He became a copy boy at Manila Times, later as a reporter covering police and defence beats in 1952. At 18, he became a Times correspondent to Korea which earned him a UN Medal of Honor. He later became a correspondent for Southeast Asia during the Ramon Magsaysay presidency. At 22, he became the youngest elected Mayor of Concepcion, Tarlac, then Governor in 1962 and later an opposition Senator in 1970. He was a frontrunner for the 1973 presidential elections when arrested and put in solitary confinement after martial law was declared. He was sentenced by a military tribunal to die by musketry in 1978 but concerns from foreign countries and organizations in behalf of political prisoners resulted in his retrial and bid to the parliamentary (Batasang Pambansa) elections. He made a 40-day prison hunger strike in protest of the abusive regime which later resulted to
his temporary release for a heart surgery abroad in 1980. He stayed in the US for 3 years. Upon his return on August 21, 1983, he was shot and killed at the Manila International Airport at age 48. A call for justice on his death resulted to protests that spread all over the country and the 1986 snap elections that culminated to the EDSA People Power uprising.
5. Merardo Tuason Arce, Tarlac, Tarlac
Architecture, U.P. Diliman, 1969-72.
Merardo was a member of Upsilon Sigma Phi in 1970. He joined KM (Kabataang Makabayan) in 1971 and helped set-up Panday Sining, a cultural group. He died while escaping from a military checkpoint on Feb. 5, 1985 in Cebu at age 31.
6. Aloysius U. Baes, Los Baños, Laguna
BS Agricultural Chemistry, U.P. Los Baños, 1969.
Ochie was a founding member of SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan), UPLB Chapter in 1967. He became Chairman of the Student Council in 1968 and later joined the UPLB faculty as Chemistry Instructor. He was arrested and detained. He resumed teaching after his release in 1974 and pursued graduate studies abroad. He returned to teach in 1989 and served as Managing Director of CEC-Phil (Center for Environmental Concern-Philippines) from 1989-2003 and a member of the Rapu-Rapu Fact Finding Commission. He organized campaigns against US military bases toxic wastes. He died on December 21, 2006 from complications of kidney failure at age 58.
7. Floro Elep Balse, Daet, Camarines Norte
BS Electrical Engineering Student, U.P. Diliman, 1973-78.
Floro became Chair of the Socio-Cultural Committee of the U.P. Student Catholic Action in 1973, a core-group member of Molave Kurahaw in 1973-75 and a charter member U.P. Ibalon organization of Bicolano students. He joined KM (Kabataang Makabayan) in 1975. He was later caught in a military pursuit. He fought to the death on July 30, 1978 in Tiglao, Camarines Norte. He was 23.
8. Ma. Lorena Morelos Barros, Baguio City
AB Anthropology (magna cum laude), U.P. Diliman, 1970.
Lorie taught English at U.P. and wrote activist poems. She organized the all-women MAKIBAKA (Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan) and became its first chairperson. She went underground, charged with subversion with a price on her head. She was captured alive by constabulary soldiers on March 24, 1976 in Mauban, Quezon. She was shot in the nape when she refused to reveal the whereabouts of her comrades. She died at age 28.
9. Manuel C. Bautista, Quezon City
BS Economics Student, U.P. Los Baños, 1967-71.
Manuel was elected College Councilor and Representative to the University Student Council. He was an active writer in the campus paper Aggie Green and Gold where he wrote an expose on a U.P. College of Forestry Chemical testing project. He joined UPCA Cultural Society and SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan). He became an Editor of an underground newspaper in the Quezon-Bicol area. He was killed in an encounter in Tagkawayan, Quezon on September, 1976 at age 30.
10. William Vincent Acuna Begg, Legaspi City
Started schooling at Ateneo de Manila University in 1966 then at San Jose Major Seminary. In 1973-74, he transferred to U.P. Diliman taking up AB History. In 1974, he left the University and joined the underground. He was captured in Villarey, Echague, Isabela on March 1975. His dead body was recovered with fingers broken, rib cage smashed, 17 stabbed wounds & 11 bullet wounds. He died on March 21, 1975 at age 24.
11. Alexander Abonita Belone, Naga City
Alex was a U.P. Diliman student in 1970. He transferred to the University of Nueva Caceres, Naga City in 1972. He joined the Tau Rho Xi Fraternity and Kabataang Makabayan in 1970. He joined the underground movement and was later known as Ka Tandis throughout Southern Luzon. At 28, he died in an armed encounter on Oct. 11, 1980 in Camarines Sur.
12. Catalino Ortiz Brocka, Pilar, Sorsogon
An undergraduate of AB English Literature at U.P., Lino became a convert to Mormonism. He was one of the greatest Filipino film and TV directors of the 20th century. He made cinema an important social commentary medium to awaken the consciousness of the people to the realities of the society. He joined PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association) in 1968, organized and led CINEMANILA in 1974, formed CAP (Concerned Artists of the Philippines) in 1983, joined CORD (Coalition for the Restoration of Democracy) and was appointed Member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission. He was cited best film director by Cannes, British & Toronto Film Festivals. Among his awards are: 1985 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Communication Arts; 1989 Gawad CCP; 1990 FAMAS Hall of Fame; 1990 Lamberto Avellana Memorial Award; and 1992 Film Academy of the Philippines Lifetime Achievement. At 52, Lino died in a vehicular accident in Quezon City on May 21,
13. Jose Ramos Calderon, Jr., Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija
U.P. Diliman, AB Political Science, 1969-71.
Joey was a member of the Nationalist Corps of the U.P. Student Council, SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan and the Alpha Sigma Fraternity. At 22, he was killed in a military encounter May 4, 1974.
14. Jennifer Kintanar Cariño, Baguio City
Maryknoll College, Quezon City in 1968, then U.P. Baguio, BS Math and Physics, 1969-71.
Jennifer joined the Baguio Chapter of KM (Kabataang Makabayan) in 1969. At 26, she died in an accidental firing in Hungduan, Ifugao.
15. Christina F. Catalla, Tondo
U.P. Los Baños, College of Agriculture, 1967-71.
Christina was a member of UPSCA (U.P. Student Catholic Action), Delta Phi Omiron and SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan) UPLB Chapter. She was an education committee member UPCA Cultural Society and Editor of campus paper Aggie Green and Gold, She organized the STMCL (Southern Tagalog Movement for Civil Liberties) in 1972. She disappeared July 31, 1977 and was reported killed in an encounter in 1978. She died at age 26.
16. Cesar Climaco, Zamboanga City
Cesar finished Pre-Law at UST and LlB at the University of the Philippines. He worked as Aide to the Davao City Mayor, later as Secretary to the Mayor of Zamboanga City. He was elected as Zamboanga City Councilor, then as Mayor. In 1962, he was Customs Commissioner and Administrator and Presidential Assistant on community development. He denounced martial law and vowed to leave his hair uncut until martial law was lifted. He initiated a crime watch by posting a scoreboard in front of the City Hall that tallies the rate of persons killed, kidnapped or robbed and was updated regularly.
17. Renato Reyes Constantino, Manila
From U.P. Diliman, Tato became the youngest Editor of Philippine Collegian. He fought in Bataan as a member of an intelligence team monitoring Japanese military movements in WW II. He joined the Philippine Mission to the United Nations from 1946-1949, served as Counselor of DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) in 1949-51, taught in various universities for 30 years, wrote columns in many newspapers, became Director of Lopez Memorial Museum from 1960-1970, an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Contemporary Asia, a Trustee of Focus on the Global South in Bangkok and wrote around 30 books and numerous pamphlets and monographs. He was arrested, placed under house arrest for months and banned from travelling abroad during martial law. He died on September 15, 1999 at age 80.
18. Ellecer Eugenio Cortes, Manila
U.P. Diliman, BA in History, 1969.
Boyong joined the Movement for the Advancement of Nationalism, Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation and SCAUP (Student Cultural Association in U.P.). He was one of the founding members of KM (Kabataang Makabayan) and SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan). At 22, he was killed in Cabangan, Zambales Oct. 1, 1971.
19. Edward Lahaylahay De La Fuente, Iloilo City
A former student of Central Philippine University in Iloilo City, Edward joined KM (Kabataang Makabayan). He organized and launched campaigns against the militarization of school campuses which led to his arrest in 1973 along with eight other students. They underwent maltreatment, torture and imprisoned for 14 months. Killed from a firing incident on April 20, 1984 in Barangay Unat, Ibajay, his body was recovered with marks and wounds that indicated torture. He died at age 30.
20. Remberto A. dela Paz, MD, Manila
Pre-Med at UP Diliman in 1972 and Medicine at U.P. College of Medicine in 1976. He was a volunteer in Klinika ng Bayan, a College outreach program. He spent his required rural medical work in Samar and moved in the province with his family in 1978 to continue his medical practice dedicated to the poor and those in need. He went to far places to attend to the sick and taught first aid treatment, hygiene and nutrition to the barrio folks which made him a target of suspicion from military authorities. Bobby was assassinated on April 23, 1982 by a lone gunman while doing clinic duty at Catbalogan, Samar. He died at age 29.
21. Nimfa “Nona” Borras Del Rosario, Naga City, Camarines Sur
BS Chemistry, U.P. Diliman, 1971-73.
Nona is a graduate of Colegio de Sta. Isabel in Naga City and Philippine Science High School. She was a member of SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan) and KM (Kabataang Makabayan) in 1970 – 1971 during the First Quarter Storm. She was arrested and detained for 10 months in 1973 for opposing martial law. She later became a propagandist of rebel groups in Ifugao and was killed in battle in 1976 in Banaue, Ifugao at age 21.
22. Dennis Rolando Ramirez Deveraturda, Subic, Zambalez
University of the Philippines, BS Economics, 1968.
Dennis joined the U.P. Student Council Nationalist Corps and SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan). In 1973, along with two other friends, he was taken from a house in Botolan, Zambales. His parents recovered his heavily bruised bullet-riddled dead body in Malomboy, Bo. Poong Bato, Botolan, Zambales. He died at age 19.
23. Juan Barrameda Escandor, Sta. Diaz, Sorsogon
Pre-Med at U.P. in 1964 and Medicine at U.P. College of Medicine in 1969. Johnny was Chief Resident and Consultant at the Department of Radiology of the U.P. PGH (Philippine General Hospital) in 1971. He headed the Research Department of the Cancer Institute of the Philippines in 1972 and became an Instructor in Radiology at the U.P. College of Medicine. He was a founding member of KM, spearheaded the formation of the Sorsogon Progressive Movement in 1969, helped put up the Progresibong Kilusang Medical (PKM) and was in the forefront of mass actions during the First Quarter Storm in 1970. He was killed in March 31, 1983 allegedly in an encounter with military troopers in Bohol Avenue, Quezon City. He died at age 41.
24. Gerardo Tordesillas Faustino, Gagalangin, Tondo
U.P. Los Baños, BS Agriculture, 1973.
Gerardo became active with UPSCA (U.P. Student Catholic Action). He disappeared in July 31, 1977 along with five others in Quezon City. He was then 21 years old. His body was never found.
25. Enrique Voltaire Garcia Jr., Manila
Graduated from the University of the Philippines with AB in 1962 and LLB.
Voltaire pursued MA studies at University of Chicago (Master’s Thesis: 1967 Abolition of US Military Bases in the Philippines). He became Editor-in-Chief of the Philippine Collegian, a champion debater and a leading member the Alpha Phi Beta Fraternity. He received awards as a lawyer, elected Delegate for Rizal in the 1971 Constitutional Convention. He opposed the US military bases and parity rights. He was among those arrested when martial law was declared in 1972. He was taken to Camp Crame, released and placed under house arrest. He died from leukemia while under house arrest on March 2, 1973 at age 30.
26. Antonio Mendinueto Hilario, Laloma, Quezon City
U.P. Diliman, BS Electrical Engineering, 1965-1971.
Tonyhil joined the UP Student Council Nationalist Corps and was one of the founders of SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan). As the first Secretary General of SDK, he helped build a network of chapters in Metro Manila. He was killed in a military raid in Kalibo, Aklan on February 19, 1974. A witness said that soldiers beat him and had him dig up a grave for himself and two other comrades. He died at age 25.
27. Rizalina Parabuac Ilagan, Los Baños, Laguna
U.P. Los Baños, 1972.
Rizalina joined the local chapter of KM (Kabataang Makabayan) when she was a senior high school student. She was active in the cultural presentations of the group Panday Sining. She became an editorial staff member of Kalatas, an underground newsletter. She disappeared in July 31, 1971. News came that she was abducted by military operatives along with two others in a meeting held in Makati. She was then 23 years old and was never found ever since.
28. Edgar Gil Mirasol Jopson, Sampaloc, Manila
Ateneo de Manila, BS Management Engineering (cum laude), 1970 and University of the Philippines College of Law student, 1970-1972.
Edjop was President of the NUSP (National Union of Students of the Philippines) in 1969-71 and was given the TOYM (Ten Most Outstanding Young Men) award by the Philippine Jaycees. He was captured in a military raid in Davao City, brought to the camp for interrogation and was “summarily executed” the following day for refusing to cooperate. He died on Sept. 22, 1982 at Matina, Davao City at age 34.
29. Emmanuel Agapito Flores Lacaba, Cagayan de Oro
Emman is an Ateneo de Manila scholar. He is an award-winning poet, fictionist, essayist and playwright, magazine illustrator, stage actor, a production hand, U.P. lecturer on Rizal, a song writer and martial arts teacher. He was arrested and detained for participating in a strike which cost him his job. He joined the NPA in South Cotabato. He was shot dead on March 18, 1976 at age 26 by an informer who led soldiers raid their camp in Balaar, Tucaan, Davao.
30. Ma. Leticia Jimenez Pascual-Ladlad, Carigara, Leyte
U.P. Los Baños, BS Agricultural Chemistry, 1966-1967.
Letty was co-founder of U.P. Cultural Society and the first woman Editor of U.P. student paper Aggie Green and Gold. She was a member of the CEGP (College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines), League of Editors for a Democratic Society and SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan). She was 25 when she disappeared along with a group of comrades in Paco, Manila. They were never found.
31. Hermon C. Lagman, Tabaco, Albay
Graduated AB Political Science, 1966, U.P. and LLB, 1970, U.P. College of Law. He was an Associate and Managing Editor of the Philippine Collegian and President of the Political Science Club. He joined the Citizens’ Legal Aid Society in the Philippines, co-founded FLAG (Free Legal Assistance Group) after the declaration of martial law and stood as legal counsel for labor groups. He was among the lawyers arrested and detained without charges. Abducted at 32 on May 11, 1977 in Bago Bantay, Quezon City, his family never found him ever since.
32. Lourdes Garduce-Lagman, Manila
U.P. Diliman, BS Statistics, 1970.
Lourdes was a member of SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan) and organized the Conchu Youth Society. She was killed in a chance encounter June 23, 1979 in Bungabong, Nueva Ecija at age 24.
33. Vergel Edquilane Landrito, Quezon City
U.P. DIliman Civil Engineering student (up to 3rd year)
Butch joined SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan) Area 2 chapter. He was a member Beta Sigma fraternity. He was killed in a military encounter in Botolan, Zambales at age 21.
34. Lorenzo Bonifacio Celi Lansang
Philippine Science High School, 1969-1971.
Nick was awarded the highest honors for having the best academic record in the history of U.P. Elementary School. He joined SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan) in 1969. He was killed on February 18, 1976 at age 19 during a military raid of the constabulary forces in Mauban, Quezon.
35. Edmundo Rivera Legislador, Onton, Iloilo
U.P. Iloilo student, up to 2nd year AB
Edmundo joined the Iloilo Chapter of SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan) and the Kalinangan Cultural Guild which performed during protest actions. He was shot in the head while taking a noon siesta with friends in Sibalom, Antique on July 27, 1973. He died at age 22.
36. Jose Bulaon Lingad, Lubao, Pampanga
U.P. Manila, Philippine Law School.
Jose became a Councilor in Lubao, Pampanga in 1965 and later a Congressman in 1969. He supported the agrarian reform and social amelioration programs, abolition of the paramilitary Barrio Self-Defence Units by the government, withdrawal of irrigation fees from the farmers and pushed for dialogue with Huk commanders. He was assassinated on December 16, 1980 at age 66 by a soldier gunman. His death remains unsolved to the present.
37. Bayani Pullido Lontok, Mauban, Quezon Province
BS Engineering, 1966, U.P. Diliman, Agicultural Enginering, 1967-1970, UPLB
Bayani was a member of SDK (Samahang Demokratikong Kabataan). He worked full time with the farmers in Mt. Banahaw, Quezon and was killed in an army raid in November 1972. His body was never recovered. He died at age 22.
38. Mariano Mejia Lopez, Bataan
U.P. Diliman, BS Electrical Engineering and NSDB Scholar, 1968-1972.
Rock joined the U.P. Student Council Nationalist Corps, SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan) in 1969 and later Gintong Silahis, SDK’s cultural arm. He was reported killed by government troopers on June 12, 1976 at age 24.
39. Armando de Jesus Malay, Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila
U.P. Diliman graduate, 1935.
He became a reporter for the Tribune in the 1930’s, put up the Manila Chronicle in late 40’s and wrote a column titled “With a Grain of Salt”. He became Editor of the Daily Mail and a columnist in the Star Reporter, Evening Chronicle, Weekly Women’s Magazine, Malaya, Philippine Review, Manila Times and We Forum. He taught journalism at U.P. and FEU (Far Eastern University) and served as U.P. dean of student affairs in 1970s. Dean Malay organized and chaired Kapatid and became a member of the Council of Leaders of NAJFD (National Alliance for Justice, Freedom & Democracy) in 1990-1992. He served as Vice-Chair of Selda (political ex-detainees organization). A recipient of 1990 Lifetime Achievement Award from NPC (National Press Club), he was named one of 10 Outstanding Filipinos in 1994 and one of the Metrobank Foundation’s Outstanding Journalists in 2001. Dean Malay died on May 15, 2003 from natural causes at age 89.
40. Paula Carolina Santos Malay, Quezon City
Ayi took a Teacher’s Certificate Course from Philippine Normal School and later taught at a public elementary school. She pursued a bachelor’s degree at U.P. then later taught Economics at PCC (Philippine College of Commerce, now PUP) and UE (University of the East). She also became active in several civic groups. Her involvement with political prisoners’ rights and welfare of their families intensified when her daughter and son-in-law were arrested. She served as Chair of Salinlahi which she represented in Vienna during the 1992 parallel conference of the United Nations World Summit on Child Rights. She died on December 24, 1993 at age 77.
41. Rodelo Zabala Manaog, Quezon
Luzonian State University, Lucena City; U.P. Los Baños, Communication Arts, 1977.
Rodelo was a member of the University Student Council and staff of The Luzonian school organ. He was also a member of UPLB Writer’s Club, Managing Editor of UPLB Perspective, member of KM (Kabataang Makabayan) and organizer of National Federation of Labor Unions. He disappeared on June 1984 while under surveillance by the military. He was never found. He was 23 years old then.
42. Pastor “Sonny” Relampagos Mesina, Davao City
BS Chemistry, U.P. Diliman.
Sonny was a 1966 Pisay (Philippine Science High School) graduate. He was U.P. Diliman freshmen student during the historic 1971 Diliman Commune. A member of SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan), Sonny was shot by a Mathematics Professor in February 1, 1971 while manning a barricade at the University Avenue in support of a transport strike. This incident led to the historic Diliman Commune in February 4-9, 1971 and Sonny was considered UP Diliman’s first martyr. He died at age 18.
43. Cecilia Arreglado Muñoz-Palma, Bauan, Batangas
The first woman to top the Bar exams in 1937, the first female justice of the Supreme Court from 1973-1978 and the first female President of a Constitutional Commission. She finished an Associate in Arts degree from U.P. in 1933, Bachelor of Laws in 1937 and Master of Laws at Yale University in 1954. She was credited as a woman who defended justice, stood loyal to the Constitution and to the people. She was known for her courageous dissent of martial law. She died on January 2, 2006 at the age of 92.
44. Sedfrey A. Ordoñez, Laur, Nueva Ecija
He studied Liberal Arts at the University of the Philippines, then Law at the Far Eastern University and Manuel L. Quezon Law School.
In 1970, he was elected as Constitutional Delegate of his province in Nueva Ecija. When the Convention was overtaken by martial law and taken over by Marcos dictatorial regime, Delegate Ordoñez was among the minority who opposed the manipulation of the 1973 Constitution and earlier, its sham ratification by citizen assemblies. He demonstrated his conviction and legal skills as libertarian and democrat and an opposition leader during the long night of dictatorship. He died on November 18, 2007 at the age of 86.
45. Gaston Zaballa Ortigas
BS Mechanical Engineering, U.P. Diliman, PhD in Business Administration, Harvard University.
Gaston taught at Ateneo de Manila Graduate School of Business Administration in 1967 as Professor of Production Management. He joined Raul Manglapus’ CSM (Christian Social Movement) and taught full-time at AIM (Asian Institute of Management). He became associated with the Light-A-Fire Movement and the NDF (National Democratic Front). He became the Chairperson of the Peace Promotion and Monitoring Council of the NDF. He died on August 31, 1990 after a lingering illness at age 59.
46. Magnifico Libre Osorio, Manapla, Negros Occidental
A Methodist who did ministry work in the towns of Palawan by opening literacy classes for cultural minorities. He taught farming techniques, campaigned for the indigenous peoples’ rights and helped villages go through the system relating to ancestral land disputes with big corporations. After a successful dialogue with Palawan Governor Salvador Socrates and a dismissal of the case he was helping, he was found murdered at his farm. He sustained clubbing injuries and gun shot wounds on March 35, 1985 at age 50.
47. Armando Ducusin Palabay, San Fernando, La Union
University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, 3rd year student in BS Economics, 1970-1973.
Armando joined SCAUP (Student Cultural Association of U.P.) in 1970, KM (Kabataang Makabayan) and Panday Sining. He died in a firefight exchange in Sillapadan, Abra on November 27, 1974. At age 21, he was buried along with others in an unmarked grave along the Abra River bank.
48. Romulo Ducusin Palabay, San Fernando, La Union
University of the Philippines, 1968-1973, BSBA Marketing.
Romy joined SCAUP (Student Catholic Action of U.P.) in 1970, KM (Kabataang Makabayan) and later Panday Sining. He became Chairman of Progresibong Samahan sa Pangangalakal UP Chapter, member of YSCALU (Youth and Student Cultural Association of La Union) and La Union Coordinator of U.P. Special Committee on Constitutional Convention. He was taken by CHDF men in Hungduan, Ifugao on December 14, 1974. Three days later, he was found murdered with bullet wounds and a broken skull. He was 22 years old.
49. Benedicto Matawaran Pasetes, Plainview, Mandaluyong
College of Veterinary Medicine, U.P. Diliman, BS in Veterinary Medicine, 1967-70.
Benny joined U.P. Student Council Nationalist Corps, SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan) and was a member of the radio committee of the Movement for a Democratic Philippines with program Radio Pakikibaka. He was executed in Bo. Sta, Catalina, San Ildefonso, Bulacan on January 26, 1976 at age 25.
50. Jacinto Dechavez Peña, Iloilo City
A 1975 AB Journalism graduate of U.P. Diliman, Jack wrote daily critiques of Marcos policies published in underground newspapers. He joined the Laban campaign of Benigno Aquino, Jr., was Editor of BMP (Baltia ng Malayang Pilipino) and helped train news correspondents, reporters and writers for the underground propaganda network. He was wounded, captured and tortured till death by army soldiers fighting NPA guerrillas in Gattaran, Cagayan. He died on November 11, 1979 at age 30.
51. Nemesio Encarnacion Prudente, Rosario, Cavite
U.P. High School, 1938-1941
He took his elementary and high school education in the Philippines, and his undergraduate and graduate studies in California, USA. He worked for a while in the States then returned to the Philippines to teach graduate and undergraduate courses at the Far Eastern University. He was appointed Dean of the FEU Graduate School in 1961. In 1962, he was appointed President of the Philippine College of Commerce (PCC), a post he held up to 1972. He was an active supporter of the Movement for Democratic Philippines and the Movement of Concerned Citizens for Civil Liberties. He was among those arrested when Ferdinand Marcos suspended the writ of habeas corpus in 1971. He was eventually released. When Marcos instituted martial law in 1972, he evaded arrest and went into hiding. In the underground, he helped build the resistance network against the dictatorship. He was one of those who helped prepare the establishment of the National Democratic Front. He was
eventually arrested and detained in a number of military campsite and safehouses for six years. Prudente survived two attempts in his life. He died from complications arising from a prostate operation, his family had him cremated wrapped in a shroud and in a cardboard box the day after he died. No wake was ever held. He died at age 81.
52. Ishmael Ferrer Quimpo, Jr., Quezon City
U.P. Diliman (3 semesters).
Ishmael joined the youth committee of the Consultative Committee on Student Affairs. He became a member of Alyansa ng Maralita sa Tatalon and was involved with SCAPS (Share and Care Apostolate for Poor Settlers). He was shot at the back by a former comrade who surrendered to the Constabulary on December 14, 1981 in Bo. Kalastian, Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, He died at age 24.
53. Eduardo T. Quintero, Tacloban, Leyte
U.P. Law School, 1944. He went to government service first as Assistant Chief of the Division of Foreign Relations of the Office of the President. Later, he took diplomatic posts as First Philippine Consul to Argentina in 1949, First Consul General to Japan in 1956, First Ambassador to Korea in 1958, UN 1960-62 and Ambassador to Holland in 1963-65. He was Legal Adviser to the 51-nation conference on Japan peace treaty, a leading Legal Researcher on the Sabah claim, Chair of the Philippine delegation to the UN Conference on Narcotics, Chairman of the Philippine delegation of the Filipino veterans’ claims in the U.S. He was elected delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention. He exposed the Marcos plan to stay perpetually in power by pushing the adoption of parliamentary system. He died on December 17, 1984 at age 84 in a Federal-subsidized building for the elderly in San Francisco, USA.
54. Arnulfo Altamirano Resus, San Fernando Air Base, Lipa City
U.P. Diliman, Geodetic Engineering, 1969-1970, Philippine Christian University, 1970-1971, Philippine College of Commerce, 1972.
Arnulfo was a member of KM (Kabataang Makabayan) and the Student Christian Movement of the Philippines. He was active member of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and became a member of CNL (Christian for National Liberation). He was killed by soldiers in Isabela on February 1977 at age 25. His body was never recovered.
55. Jose B.L. Reyes, Manila
AB, 1917, Ateneo de Manila University, Bachelor of Laws, 1922, U.P. and Master of Law, 1936, UST.
He started public service as an Assistant Solicitor General from 1940-1946, moved to Court of Appeals and later to the Supreme Court. JBL was the first President of IBP (Integrated Bar of the Philippines) and led it through the crucial period of martial law. He died on December 1994 at the age of 92.
56. Francisco Aldana Rodrigo, Bulacan, Philippines
BS Education, 1935, University of Sto. Tomas, Bachelor of Laws, 1938, University of the Philippines.
Soc initially worked as a high school teacher at the Assumption Convent. He was Senator from 1955 to 1967 and started writing for We Forum and Malaya during the martial law period. He campaigned against the ratification of the 1973 Constitution which resulted to his arrest and imprisonment in three instances. Soc chaired the opposition’s National Unification Committee in 1985 which build the position’s unity during the 1986 snap elections. Later, this led to the people’s uprising in February 1986. He died of
57. Magtangol Sayas Roque, Digos, Davao
U.P. Diliman, BS Chemical Engineering, 1965.
He was an active member of the APO (Alpha Phi Omega) fraternity. After graduation, he joined Marsman, Bristol Myers, Johnson and Johnson and then Mobile Oil. He was charged with subversion in 1972 being a Board Member of a company linked with the ship MV Karagatan that brought arms for the NPA. Left to go underground, he became a political instructor and helped formulate a basic course for activists in 1974. He was a political leader in the underground in Mindanao. He was shot at the back by soldiers on June 11, 1981 while riding a motorcycle in Davao.
58. Jessica Mendez Sales, Manila
BS Social Sciences, 1972, Centro Escolar University, MA, U.P. Manila.
Jessica taught Sociology and Political Science at U.P. Manila and U.P. Los Baños. She was a Research Associate of the Department of Agricultural Education at UPLB’s College of Agriculture. She helped organize and served as Youth Consultant to SCM (Student Christian Movement) in UPLB and represented it in a conference in Hong Kong of the Asia Youth Mission supported by CCA (Christian Conference of Asia). She was also an organizer of KAGUMA (Kapisanan ng mga Gurong Makabayan). She was preparing to defend her thesis when she disappeared in 1977. She was 25.
59. Abraham Pascual Sarmiento, Jr., Manila
U.P. Diliman, 4th year Business Administration and Accountancy; BSBAA posthumous degree, 1978.
Ditto was Editor of Philippine Collegian in 1975 which published articles and views critical to the martial law regime. He was detained for 7 months in Fort Bonifacio and two months in isolation in Camp Crame. He died of heart attack at age 27 on November 11, 1977.
60. Antonio Sandoval Tagamolila, La Paz, Iloilo
U.P. Diliman, AB Economics, 1971.
Tony was Literary Editor of the U.P. Highlights. He joined KM (Kabataang Makabayan) in 1966, SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan) and became the Editor-in-Chief of Philippine Collegian. He died in a Philippine Constabulary encounter on February 19, 1974 in Aglag-it, Libacao, Aklan. He was 26.
61. Crispin Sandoval Tagamolila, Tubungan, Iloilo
Business Administration, U.P. Diliman, Law, PC Law School, and Master in History, Ateneo de Manila University.
Crispin enlisted with the Philippine Constabulary. He defected to the NPA upon realizing that the Armed Forces of the Philippines was the primary instrument of suppression of the suffering masses. He was killed in an encounter in Echague, Isabela on April 16, 1972. He died at age 27.
62. Lorenzo Martinez Tañada
U.P. College of Law, Harvard School of Law and Doctor of Civil Law at the University of Santo Tomas.
Ka. Tanny was appointed Assistant Fiscal when he joined the anti-Japanese underground in WW II. He was awarded with the Legion of Honor in 1951. He returned to government service as a Manila Judge, Solicitor General and Chief of the Office of Special Prosecutors. He was elected Senator in 1947, serving the longest time in the Senate for 4 terms. He was a nationalist crusader against the presence of American military facilities in the country through the Anti-US Bases Coalition. He died on May 28, 1992 at age 94.
63. Carlos N. Tayag, Angeles City, Pampanga
A Deacon from the Order of St. Benedict who became a leader of KKKP (Kilusang Kristiyano ng Kabataang Pilipino) and one of the organizer of CNL (Christians for National Liberation). He worked in organizing Catholic priests, nuns, lay people and Protestants in creating an ecumenical front against martial law. He disappeared on August 17, 1976 somewhere in Manila. He is still missing up to the present. He was 33.
64. Noel Cerrudo Tierra, Lucena City
University of the Philippines Diliman, 1st year.
Noel joined the U.P. Student Council Nationalist Corps and SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan). He was an SDK organizer when arrested and captured by soldiers in Quezon on January 1974. He was shot dead in Bagong Silang II, Tagkawayan, Quezon on February 9, 1974. His body bore torture marks.
65. Raquel Aricheta Edralin-Tiglao, Manila
Rock took up AB Psychology at U.P. Diliman but being in the wanted list, constant military surveillance made it difficult to continue her studies. She joined KM (Kabataang Makabayan), became active in demonstrations and helped organize the 1st women worker’s unions in 1970. She was arrested, charged with sedition and rebellion and was imprisoned along with her family for two years at Fort Bonifacio. She was released under house arrest. She helped put up a community daycare center for children of political activists serving as Chief Officer. She gave Lamaze childbirth instructions to couples, helped put up a women’s center for military rape survivors serving as Consultant, Trainer and later Executive Director for 10 years turning the Women’s Crisis Center into the country’s premier hospital-based and crisis-care facility for women victims-survivors of gender-based violence.
66. Alex Gabriel Torres, Quezon City
Alex was an elementary salutatorian from St. Louis University in Baguio City and a graduate of U.P. High School. He was an active member of SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan), Nationalist Corps, Serve the People Brigade and KM (Kabataang Makabayan). During martial law, Alex and wife Nona del Rosario were arrested and detained for 9 months for organizing youth resistance against martial law. He became a political officer of the rebel groups in Ifugao. Around 1975, he was reportedly captured by the military in Benguet and his body was never recovered.
67. Jose Mari Uhler Velez, Manila
Political Science, 1963 and LLB, 1970 at U.P.
Mari started as DZHP Disc Jockey in 1966, then as Sole Anchor for T.V. news program “The Big News” and talk show “On the Rocks”. He was elected Delegate to 1971 Constitutional Convention. He was arrested, detained and placed on house arrest for 2 years. Upon release in 1973, he helped organize SELDA. He joined Laban in 1985 snap election and became a Newscaster for Channel 7 after Martial law. He became Vice-President of Associated Bank, Director of DBP (Development Bank of the Philippines) and opened his law office. Together with another lawyer, they filed the first class suit in behalf of the human rights victims against Marcos. He was the first awardee for service by a journalist from the Ninoy Aquino Fellowships for Professional Development in 1989. He died in June 3, 1991 in New York at 49.
68. Ma. Antonia Teresa Villa Vytiaco, Manila
University of the Philippines Veterinary Medicine, 1968.
Teresa joined SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan) U.P. Chapter and KM (Kabataang Makabayan). She died in Bulan, Sorsogon on November 10, 1972 at age 19.
69. Emmanuel del Rosario Yap, Cebu City
Ateneo de Manila, AB Economics (magna cum laude), U.P. School of Economics, Master’s Program.
Emmanuel was involved with Lakasdiwa in ADMU. He was last seen on February 14, 1976. Information came that he was picked-up by soldiers and kept in Camp Crame. The family searched for him but he remains to be missing until the present. He was 24.
70. Haydee Bofil Yorac, Sarabia, Negros Occidental
U.P. College of Law, 1963, Master of Laws, 1981, Yale University.
Haydee was a U.P. Professor when she was detained for 3 months during martial law for supporting protests against the Vietnam war and abuse of power. She was appointed Chair of the Commission on Elections from 1989 to 1991, acting Comelec Chair from 1989-1999, member of the National Unification Commission from 1992-1993, and PCGG (Presidential Commission on Good Government) Chair from 2001 to 2005. She died from cancer complications on September 12, 2005 at age 64.
71. Rizal Chang Keng Yuyitung, Tondo, Manila
An agricultural graduate from U.P. Los Banos, Rizal chose to revive CCN (Chinese Commercial News) with his brother Quintin in 1945 and became its Editor-in-Chief. He was a recipient of 1962 NPC (National Press Club) award his article “It Is Time For Change”, for which the Yuyitung brothers were arrested, detained and charged with publishing pro-communist, anti-Filipino, subversive and libelous articles. He was deported to Taiwan in May 1970 and moved to Canada upon release from 3 years detention by the Koumintang regime. He returned in 1986 and resumed to the profession. He died on April 19, 2007 from brain cancer at age 84.
72. Calixto Ledesma Zaldivar, Pandan, Antique
U.P. College of Law, 1928. He started his law practice from the office of Senator Jose P. Laurel, became an elected Representative of Antique in 1934, Assemblyman in 1938 and Governor in 1951. He was appointed member of the Reparations Commission, served as acting Assistant Executive Secretary in 1963 and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1964. He was President of the POHR (Philippine Organization for Human Rights) in 1976-1979. He was remembered for his courage as shown in a court decision which asserted that the Marcos proclamation of the 1973 Constitution was null and void. He died on October 13, 1979 at the age of 75.
(Source of Data: Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation)
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