That Rappler piece
about the Edsa Uprising (EDSA an End of an
Era and an Inspiration)
prompted some friends
to push me about a plan
to write a book on martial law history. Atty.
Lourdes Barcenas said
her husband Mocring is
now preparing one for
2022 -- the 50th year
since Sept. 21, 1972.
is a former Cebu OIC vice governor, a human rights lawyer,
and Cebu head of the late senator Pepe Diokno’s Kaakbay.
Mocring is also one of my wedding sponsors.
I urge readers to help by giving me feedback, even
more information, on what they want to read. Take for instance the following:
• The dispersal of the Human Rights Rally at Fuente
Osmeña of December 1980. Police authorities arrested Fr.
Rudy Romano and brought him to the Ramos Police Station.
Pepe Diokno, a speaker at the Redemptorist Rotunda, was
already at the Mactan airport when he heard of the news. He
returned to Cebu City and got Fr. Rudy released.
• The Freedom Marches with Inday Nita Cortes-Daluz
and national opposition leaders in Cebu City in 1980-81.
• The Jogging Protests and reenactment shortly after
the assassination of Ninoy Aquino.
• The Danao-Cebu City Marcos Resign march and the
Carcar-Cebu City Boycott March.
• Violence at the Capitol. Authorities guarding the
counting of the 1984 Batasang Pambansa elections shot at a
huge opposition rally and killed a 17-year-old youth named
Raul Pintoy. The ensuing riot ended at dawn.
• The Visayan Glass labor strike that saw 1) the birth
of KMU in Cebu City and 2) the first time the police used
tear gas here.
• The free Cebu media with information as relayed by
the late Job Tabada.
• Violent dispersal of the multisectoral rally at Camp
• The 4-day transport strike in October 1984. This
could spin off into a separate book with an initial account
published in a personal blog post.
• The abduction of Fr. Rudy Romano in Tisa, Cebu City.
I will have enough time for this book. I am staying at home
most of the time hopefully before election campaign-related
chores. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I learned the first batch of Sinovac will be injected on
health workers at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical
Center (VSMMC) this March 3, 2021. The lack of publicity about vaccination plans in Cebu City and the province
makes many Cebuanos pessimistic, though.
(Emmanuel Mongaya is co-founder and director for strategic PR of PRWorks Inc. He is also a member of the Political Officers League of the Philippines or POLPhil. DM