WATCH: Director Joel Lamangan delivers passionate speech against Marcos' burial

The acclaimed director opens up about his childhood during Martial Law

( Hundreds of human rights activists, legislators, students, and Martial Law survivors braved the stormy weather on Sunday, August 14, to protest plans to bury the late Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.


One of the most prominent personalities who made headlines was acclaimed director, Joel Lamangan, who is best known for films like The Flor Contemplacion Story, Deathrow, and the Mano Po franchise. He shared his experience during Martial Law; he was arrested and tortured when he was in 16 years old, and again four years later.



He denounced claims that Marcos' presidency was supposedly the best years of our history, then went on to blast Marcos' burial, saying, "Ang bayani ay ano? Ay hindi nangungulimbat, hindi pumapatay, hindi walanghiya! Ang bayani ay hindi taksil sa bayan! Ang bayani ang 'yong mga namatay na hindi kinilala upang itaguyod ang pambansang demokrasya!"


Other personalities who were seen at the protest include Sen. Risa Hontiveros, former Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, and journalist Ces Drilon. The latter received flak from Marcos supporters for openly expressing her support for the protest. She then responded with a series of tweets (below):





Read the full transcript of his speech at


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