Toronto, Canada — At the corner of Bathurst and Wilson, also known as Little Manila, the allied organizations of Bayan Canada raised their banners and voices to oppose alleged human rights violations in the Philippines.
In light of the 47th anniversary of declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines under the Marcos regime, these activisits said dark history could repeat itself under President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Napakaimportante po na masabi natin sa ating mga kababayan dito sa Canada kung anong nagaganap sa Pilipinas,” says Rhea Gamana.
“Kami ay mga Pilipino din, na nagtatrabaho dito sa Canada. Kung wala ang remittance ng mga OFW, bagsak ang ekonomiya ng Pilipinas so dapat tayong mga migrante ay maging militante, mapagbantay na yung ating justice and peace at ang freedom sa Pilipinas ay mananatiling maangkin ng mga mamamayang Pilipino,” said Sol Pajadura
The rally caught the attention of commuters including this Pinoy who’s pro-Duterte.
But these activists said they are committed to urge the Canadian government to exercise influence on foreign policy.
“Especially now it’s federal elections, we want them to also make a stand for what is Canadian values. They can make an impact out of a country that sends thousands of Filipinos to be used as part of the labour force in Canada,” said Ysh Cabana.
As Bayan Canada proclaimed Never Again to Martial Law, they also called on Filipinos in Canada to join them in upholding democracy and peace in their motherland, the Philippines.