Torture victims ask: 'Healing without justice, forgiveness sans apology?' 9 Nov 2016 Over three decades after the regime of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, victims of alleged human rights abuses under his Martial Law rule continue to cry for justice and apology from the strongman's family. Thousands of Martial Law victims held mass actions across the country on Tuesday, lamenting a Supreme Court ruling that allowed the burial of Marcos at the Heroes' Cemetery -- a condonation, they said, of the abuses committed by the Marcos regime. Among the protesters was Bonifacio Ilagan, a youth activist who was tortured and imprisoned from 1974 to 1976. He insisted Wednesday that martial law victims will never be able to move on from the horrors of the authoritarian regime as long as the Marcoses refuse to apologize to them. ... Ilagan was a 23-year-old student activist at the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños when he was arrested from his house in Novaliches, together with journalist Jose Lacaba. He said he and Lacaba were beaten black and blue before being brought to Camp Crame, the headquarters of the now-defunct Philippine Constabulary. For the next two years, Ilagan suffered "systematic torturing" at the hands of state forces ... They inserted a stick into my genitals, they put a hot iron to my feet and I peed blood after several days of torture ... Ilagan's sister, Rizalina, was also abducted, tortured, and raped before becoming one of thousands of desaparecidos or victims of forced disappearance. http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/11/09...ling-without-justice-forgiveness-sans-apology And Duterte wants to give the animal responsible for these atrocities an honorable burial in the Heroes' Cemetery.