Come to Pintang Laya 2017 Art Sale This July 1

Come to the Pintang Laya Art Sale 2017, our first-ever art sale/auction to be held on Saturday, 1 July 2017, 4-7 p.m., at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani conference room.

Art Sale Pintang Laya 2017

The sale/auction will feature works by, among others, our own Bantayog trustee Edicio dela Torre, watercolorist Marge Lim, and Celeste Lecaroz, who contributed a dramatic painting of our hero Ed Jopson. Several young and talented artists are also on board, including Alex Paredes, granddaughter of our hero Ester Jimenez. Some of their works are shown here.

Fund raising art sale

Funds raised from the sale will support our foundation’s advocacy projects, including school exhibits and a school tour for a set of one-act plays titled Never Again: Voices of Martial Law. This production connects strongly with our millenial youth. We have found it a powerful tool for raising awareness about the truths of the martial law regime that ushered in the 14-year Marcos dictatorship. We believe that recalling the lessons from that dark period in our history, evoked so effectively in *Never Again, has become even more urgent today.

Please support this art sale by promoting it with your friends. The works on sale are exhibited below:

To confirm your attendance at the July 1, 2017 art sale and auction, contact Bantayog ( / 434-8343 / Marj.) Cocktails will be served.


*Never Again was first shown in 2016 and is set to be shown again in September at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Last year it was hailed by the website as one of 2016’s “25 best arts and culture moments. “Indigo Child,” one of the plays in the production was also named in a Philippine Daily Inquirer review as the “best one-act play” for 2016 and has since been made into a short film by producer-director Ellen Ongkeko Marfil.

Tribute to Jovito R. Salonga on His 97th Birthday

Today is the 97th birthday of our esteemed senator and beloved former Chairman Emeritus of Bantayog, Jovito R. Salonga. May his words continue to guide us in these challenging times. Maligayang kaarawan, Ka Jovy!

Who Benefits From Martial Law in Mindanao?

Who benefits from Martial Law in Mindanao? Certainly not the Marawi residents. So who?

A group of students and their teachers from Manila's University of the East try to work out the answer to this curious question at a forum organized by pre-law students under the Lex Societas Orientis organization. Bantayog executive director May V. Rodriguez joined the forum "Duterte's Martial Law: Serving Whose Interest?" as a panelist alongside guest speakers Christian Gultia of Beinte Uno, Al Omaga of National Union of Students of the Philippines, and Atty. Wilhelm Soriano, law professor, and formerly of the Commission on Human Rights.

Heroism and Resistance: Samar

Listen as the people of Samar share their horrid experience under Martial Law. The video is from a human rights oral history project called Stories of Heroism and Resistance.

On Presidential Proclamation 216

martial law in mindanao

Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation considers the declaration of martial law and suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao a wrong solution to the curent crisis in Marawi City.

We draw lessons from our country's past experience of martial law and on the wisdom of our heroes and martyrs who fought against Marcos’ authoritarian regime.

The Duterte government wants to apply to problems besetting Mindanao – and threatens to apply on the rest of the country – a military solution that will create even bigger problems, leading to more human rights abuses, communities disrupted, and Filipino lives needlessly lost.

History has shown us that no true peace and order can be achieved through such brutal means. On the contrary, a military solution will sow seeds of discontent and spread violence instead of containing them.

We call on Filipinos to stay informed and vigilant and to offer assistance to communities disrupted by the crisis.

Bantayog calls on government to immediately lift martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao. We must not forget the lessons of the past. NEVER AGAIN.

Board of Trustees
Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation, Inc.
May 29, 2017

mindanao martial law

Marking the Beginning of the Reparation Process

A statement on the initial release of compensation to human rights victims.


Diokno: We Will Sing Our Own Songs

At the height of the martial-law dictatorship’s abusiveness and greed, Jose W. Diokno never lost faith in the Filipino people’s ability to overcome hardships and construct a better future.

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Unang Kapihan March 23

On the 23rd of March 2017, we shall have Gen. Lina Sarmiento to give us an update on the claims of martial law victims; a forum follows. But before the serious part, let's laugh a bit with Dr. Crispin Maslog. Also, a human rights kapihan isn't complete without the former CHR Chairperson Etta Rosales.

Let's discuss matters over cups of coffee.

PEÑA, Jacinto D.

One of the methodical steps taken by President Marcos when he declared martial law was to immediately seize control of the mass media. Troops were sent to padlock the different newspaper offices and radio and television stations. Many journalists were detained by the military; the rest lost their jobs. Sometime later, the regime began allowing the mass media to operate again, but under strict surveillance and, eventually, self-censorship.

A tiny underground press immediately sprang to life, scrambling to disseminate the information, analysis and calls to action that were eagerly awaited by the anti-dictatorship resistance.

As soon as they could, those student activists who had not taken to the hills, or been arrested or killed, went into action by reviving the campus press. They moved cautiously at first, limiting themselves to the discussion of nonpolitical, “safe” issues. But it didn’t take long for the school publications to become vehicles for consolidating the resistance. Even before the legal opposition’s commercial publications emerged, the campus press was already publishing articles analyzing programs and policies of the dictatorship, as well as interviews with the victims of human rights violations.

During the early phase of the struggle against martial law, Jacinto Peña was a key figure among those who proudly called themselves revolutionary propagandists in the tradition of Rizal, Lopez Jaena and Antonio Luna.  At the University of the Philippines Diliman, he was a reporter for the Philippine Collegian. While devoting much of his time to organizing and training student journalists in other campuses, he pursued his studies and graduated with a journalism degree in 1975.

In 1978, Peña joined the campaign for the LABAN team, led by imprisoned Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. that contested the Interim Batasang Pambansa elections.  Although they knew that Marcos would not allow anyone from the genuine opposition to win, still Peña and his coworkers worked hard to voice the message of resistance, and to strengthen the people’s unity against the dictatorship.

By that time, the underground press had taken root in all the regions of the country, keeping pace with the growth of the organized resistance. Despite the use of primitive technology, and the very real danger to the safety of their staffmembers, these regional newspapers helped spread the message of struggle and liberation from tyranny. Jack Peña was then asked to train grassroots activists how to gather accurate news reports, how to write for their intended audience, how to produce an attractive newspaper.

It was on one of those trips to the countryside that Jack Peña was caught in a military operation. He had just arrived and was preparing to travel on foot further inland, when government forces dragged him out of a house. After forcing him to admit that he was a member of the New People’s Army (which he was not), they shot and killed him in cold blood.

BORN                                    :               March 26, 1949 in Iloilo City

DIED                                      :               November 11, 1979 in Gattaran, Cagayan

PARENTS                             :               Faustino M. Peña and Gorgonia Dechavez

EDUCATION                       :               Elementary: Ilaya Elementary School, Iloilo City

Secondary: Iloilo High School, Iloilo City

College: University of the Philippines Diliman

ROQUE, Magtangol S.

Magtangol Roque was the beloved kuya of his brother and sisters – the elder brother who supported their studies and gently imposed discipline.  Best of all, he affirmed them in their belief that the principles they shared must be fought for: the struggle for a better life, love of country.

During the demonstrations of pre-martial law days, it was great to have a Kuya Tanggol  to count on.   His younger brother Patnubay[1] remembers phoning him at the office after some of these rallies, to ask for help in being released from police custody.

“He would come to pick me up, saying only that I should take care next time,” narrated Patnubay. “Then he would ask, where do you want me to drop you? And I’d say, Take me to the picket line, kuya. And he’d really bring me there.”[2]

After graduating from the University of the Philippines in the mid-1960s, Tanggol Roque had no trouble finding a series of good jobs as an engineer for multinational corporations.  He was thus able to take care of his siblings in Manila before their parents returned to Luzon from Davao, where they had been making a modest living as hardworking migrants.

Though he had not been an activist in college, Tanggol Roque had embraced radical views himself without his siblings knowing it. Thus it was a big surprise when the Marcos government announced that criminal charges were being filed against their kuya, for his alleged involvement in the communist movement’s attempt to smuggle a shipment of firearms into the country.


Roque evaded arrest by going underground. He eventually found his way back to his native Mindanao, where his natural leadership came to the fore. People remembered a kindhearted man who often smiled and joked, playing tunes on the harmonica he kept in his pocket. But he was also a softspoken disciplinarian who reminded everyone that they were there to serve the people in every way, even in the humble tasks of daily life.

In May 1981 in Davao City, Tanggol Roque was killed by military personnel while aboard his motorbike. He was shot while attempting to warn his comrades about an imminent raid, not knowing that it was already taking place.  He was finally laid to rest in a barrio graveyard in Malolos, Bulacan where his family traced its roots.

BORN                                    :               March 10, 1941 in Digos, Davao

DIED                                      :               June 11, 1981 in Davao City

PARENTS                             :               Alfredo Roque and Liwayway Sayas

SPOUSE  /CHILD               :               Mila Aguilar / 1

EDUCATION                       :               Elementary: Davao Central Elementary School

Secondary: Ateneo de Davao

College: University of the Philippines


[1] Alfredo Roque, who was a writer and community leader in his native Bulacan, gave his children meaningful names: Kalayaan, Patnubay, Lualhati, Tagumpay, Pilipinas.

[2] Interview with Patnubay Roque on April 1, 1987 in Quezon City, by Bing Galang and Carrie Manglinong of  Bantayog Research and Documentation.

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