Filipinos, unite for one prayer!

Majority of the people in their provinces and even in Metro Manila join ‘Kailian March’ after candle-lighting activity to show their unity and support to the burial of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos (FEM) at the Heroes’ Cemetery, Pangasinenses held a candle-lighting activity at Villasis town and later joined the Kailian March heading to Manila.

According to Philip Terry, coordinator of Bayanihan Bayan Movers Pangasinan Organization of Genuine Inhabitants (BBM-POGI), “several participants from Pangasinan joined the Kailian March in the boundary in Sison town, including students, youth sectors, and various non-government organizations.”

The Kailian March kicked off in Ilocos Norte yesterday, October 14, 2016 with two unity masses held in Ilocos Norte, at the San Agustin Church in Paoay and St. John the Baptist Parish Church in Badoc.
Terry added that the candle-lighting held in Villasis town is an expression of their support and gratitude for what FEM had done in Pangasinan.

“This is to show our support to the forthcoming burial of our President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, and in recognition to his great contribution to the people of Pangasinan.”
Terry and his fellow loyalists hope that Supreme Court will release decision in favor of the burial on Tuesday, which is the end of the status quo ante order issued against the preparations for the interment.

“We call on the Supreme Court to hear the majority of Filipinos’ appeal to recognize that President Ferdinand E. Marcos was a soldier who fought for the sovereignty of our nation.”
Terry, together with Marcos supporters in Pangasinan and other representatives of the Ilocano Associations of Australia, visited Ilocos Norte on the supposed burial of FEM at the Heroes’ Cemetery on September 18.

“We in Pangasinan will continue praying for the burial of Apo President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, which he rightfully deserves,” Terry concluded.
The Kailian March will pass through the provinces of Tarlac, Pampanga, and Bulacan wherein some activities will also be conducted.

It will conclude in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the expected release of the final decision on the late president’s interment at the Heroes’ Cemetery.




Typhoon Karen rains on 'Kailian March,' convoy presses on
Travelling through the provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan, the Kailian March encountered heavy rain and strong winds under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals #2 and #1 raised due to Typhoon Karen.

Akin to their activities in past destinations throughout Region One and Tarlac Province, the convoy had intended to hold unity masses along different points of Pampanga and Bulacan.
However, according to RJ Piñera of Ilocos Norte, coordinators decided not to push through with the programs which would have compromised the safety of local residents wanting to join.

"Nakapag-coordinate na kami sa mga loyalista rito, kaya lang ito nga, may bagyo, so dadaan na lang kami sa mga probinsiyang ito pero wala nang programa para wala nang ma-abala, hindi delikado. Diretso na kami sa Manila," he said.

Since the launch of the Kailian March on Friday, October 14, Marcos supporters in each province visited have been adding to the thousands-strong convoy headed for Metro Manila.
They will stage a unity rally in front of the Supreme Court on Monday, October 17, a day before the expected release of a final decision regarding the burial of Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos (FEM) at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (LNMB).




Kailian March' gets mixed reception in Tarlac, reroutes to bypass Hacienda Luisita
Marcos supporters who joined the "Kailian March" received a mixed response as they entered the Province of Tarlac in Region III yesterday afternoon, spreading their call for national unity to bury former President Ferdinand E. Marcos (FEM) at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).
The convoy was welcomed in Moncada, with Domingo Ambrocio, president of the Philippine Councilors League━Ilocos Norte Chapter, thanking people of Tarlac in a short speech for backing their endeavor.

A unity mass was held at an auditorium and was participated by several Tarlaqueños led by Congressman Charlie Cojuangco, Vice Governor Carlito David, and Moncada Town Mayor Estelita Aquino. Congressman Cojuangco told the group that he agrees it is time for FEM to be interred at the LNMB.

Likewise, Vice Governor David expressed his hope that the efforts of the "Solid North" would succeed in fulfilling their appeal for the former president's burial.
However, the participants of the March, noticed that as they approached the boundary between Pangasinan and Tarlac, "Hindi lamang pulis ang kasama namin na security. Halatang military na talaga at naka-full battle gear pa po sila," shared Patrick John T. Ratuita of the Sirib Ilokano Kabataan Association (SIKA).

Participants also reported that police presence was stronger as they entered Tarlac, with officers stationed at nearly every street, and both soldiers and policemen patrolling around and within the convoy.

In addition, the Kailian March was instructed to reroute through the Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway (TPLEx), cutting straight to Clark, Pampanga, instead of the original path that would have taken them through Tarlac City and thus through a portion of Hacienda Luisita.
The change in route was done to avoid reported troublemakers in the said areas who are against an LNMB burial for the former president.

Hacienda Luisita is a sugar plantation spanning 6,453-hectares through various municipalities in the province, and is owned by the Cojuangco family of Tarlac.
"Karapatan naman naming ipahiwatig ang aming saloobin. Bakit sinusupil?" said Ratuita, adding, "Sana lang, tulad ng lagi naming sinasabi, they will soon find it in their hearts to forgive, move on, and allow the nation to heal."

The increased security in the area also proved the words of President Rodrigo R. Duterte hours before the March launched in Ilocos Norte, "I have standing orders to the police and the military to keep everybody safe."

By around 6 o'clock last night, the convoy had arrived in Clark. They are heading for the Province of Bulacan today and will travel to Metro Manila in time for a final unity rally before the Supreme Court on Monday, October 17, 2016.
The expected release of the final decision on the late president’s interment at the Heroes’ Cemetery is on Tuesday, October 18.


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