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November 19, 2016. A link to a press coverage of the November 18 rally. Together with other of the older generation, Sonny Melencio was quoted extolling the youth participation in the rally. “We will not rest even though we’re passing the torch to the youth. We will accompany you in the struggle and in the coming struggles against the oppressive system. You shall overcome!”, Melencio added.

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November 18, 2016. Protest against the clandestine burial of the dictator Marcos at the People’s Power Monument. The protest later on atttacted mostly young people, those not even born during the martial law days. This is the product of the martial law generation passing on the education to their sons and daughters and by those who have become teachers and educators today. The young protestors are shouting the martial law generation’s slogans: “Makibaka, Huwag Matakot!”, “Marcos, Hitler, Diktador, Tuta!” They’re even singing Bayan Ko. These young people do not even belong to any radical organizations. They’re just students of history. History that cannot be covered up, as anyone can now use the social media to research the dark days of the dictatorship. The young people also sense history in the making — the climate of fear leading to martial law, more repressions and another dictatorship. The youth have taken up the cudgel and PLM has every reason to believe that the protests will continue.

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PLM was invited to be a reactor to the forum on Pivot to China with newly-appointed Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana on November 9. The forum was hosted by Focus on the Global South, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, Tambuyog, and others. Reihana Melencio, PLM’s international officer and head of Transform Asia, made the presentation at the forum. A number of reactors from different fields (academy, NGOs, peace movement, etc) also made their presentations.

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