YouTube series on Martial Law survivors launched ahead of 50th anniversary

A YouTube series on real-life stories during the Martial Law years will be launched on Friday, August 5, the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission (HRVVMC) has said.

In a statement, the HRVVMC said the videos would be in commemoration of the 50th year since the declaration of Martial law on September 21, 1972.

It said this was to ensure “the horrors and atrocities of the Martial Law era (1972-1986) remain alive in the collective memory and consciousness of the nation.”

“This is also a way of the agency to help amplify the voices of Martial Law survivors and victims,” it said.

The YouTube series, dubbed as #WeRemember, will feature 20 videos of notable personalities and everyday Filipinos “reading the stories of state recognized human rights violations victims whose lives and sacrifices would otherwise be unheard of by the public, and reflecting on the same.”

The videos will be posted on the memorial commission’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, HRVVMC.

Aside from the #WeRemember YouTube series, the Memorial Commission will also have a 50 Before 50 Project which will serve as a 50-day countdown to the 50th anniversary of the Martial Law declaration.

Everyday during the countdown, one victim’s profile-article will be released.

“We enjoin all Martial Law survivors and victims to watch and read the upcoming releases and assist in dissemination,” the HRVVMC said.

Given that these publications will provide details of actual Martial Law victims and in fulfillment of Republic Act No. 10173, or the Data Privacy Act of 2012, any and all Martial Law survivors, victims and their legal heirs who were recognized by the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB), who may have reservations, comments, or concerns regarding the said releases are called to reach out to the Memorial Commission through its contact person, Mr. Jan Joel Theodore Atanacio, at (02) 8289-2218 and hrvvmc.atanacio@gmail.com.

The late President Benigno Aquino III signed the Human Rights Reparation and Recognition Act into law in 2013, a law which provided financial compensation to the victims of human rights violations during the Martial Law regime.

Created under the law, the HRVVMC’s primary mandate is to establish, restore, preserve and conserve a Memorial Museum, Library, Archive and Compendium in honor of the human rights violation victims during the Marcos regime who are included in the Roll of Human Rights Violations Victims determined by the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board.

It is also tasked to display the Roll of Victims in government offices and public places and prepare a compendium of their sacrifices, according to its website.–LDF, GMA News

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