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Academia: United States igniting the Conflict between Philippines and China (7)

By Ander Vltchek  (People's Daily Online)

11:33, May 08, 2012

Alley at Chinese cemetery in Manila (People's Daily Online/Ander Vltchek)

Ms. Susan Dava Macabuang, the curator of Bantayog ng mga Bayani Museum and Bantayog Memorial Center in Quezon City is one of the individualsguarding the memories of the victims of the terror unleashed under the pro-Western dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos (1965-1986).

Like several similar institutions in Argentina and Chile, Bantayog ng mga Bayani Museum exhibits the horrors of the past through the paintings, notes, pieces of clothing, reconstructions of the prison cells, as well as the photos of hundreds of women who had been brutally raped and tortured by the regime known to be full heartedly supported from Washington and the European capitals.This place also speaks of the fate of men mercilessly tortured and then murdered; about shattered lives, terminated lives, lives bruised beyond recognition.

Similar to those brave and determined women working at the memorials and archives of South America, Ms. Macabuang speaks with the ring of authority that simply comes from speakingthe truth:

"There had been no open acknowledgment of the past by the West; by either the US or the EU. The topic is simply not discussed. They rather talk about the corruption, not about the atrocities they helped to trigger."

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