REMEMBERING: Mendiola Massacre, Jan. 22,1987

By Ibarra C. Mateo

Most of the journalists and photographers who covered the Mendiola Massacre are still alive. Ageing, sick, but not unbowed.

I was at the Commission on Human Rights complex near UP Diliman on Jan. 22, 1987 when fatal gunshots were aimed at a group of farmers and peasants protesting at the intersection of Mendiola Street and Recto Avenue. At least 12 protesters died and 51 injured.

On Jan. 22, 1987, I was covering the peace talks between the Cory Aquino government and the National Democratic Front represented by former journalists Satur Ocampo, Bobby Malay, and Antonio Zumel. Minutes after the 4:30 pm massacre, the peace talks meeting was abruptly adjourned due to safety and security concerns with the NDF team. The NDF team and support staff went into hiding.

To commemorate the Mendiola Massacre, the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Pelicoolab, a program under Arthouse Cinema, presents five winning Gawad Alternatibo films about the Mendiola Massacre and the present plight of Filipino farmers.

Free film screenings on Jan. 24, 2020, from 2 pm, at Tanghalang Manuel Con##de.

CCP Photo

Most of the journalists and photographers who covered the Mendiola Massacre are still alive. Ageing, sick, but not unbowed.

I was at the Commission on Human Rights complex near UP Diliman on Jan. 22, 1987 when fatal gunshots were aimed at a group of farmers and peasants protesting at the intersection of Mendiola Street and Recto Avenue. At least 12 protesters died and 51 injured.

On Jan. 22, 1987, I was covering the peace talks between the Cory Aquino government and the National Democratic Front represented by former journalists Satur Ocampo, Bobby Malay, and Antonio Zumel. Minutes after the 4:30 pm massacre, the peace talks meeting was abruptly adjourned due to safety and security concerns with the NDF team. The NDF team and support staff went into hiding.

To commemorate the Mendiola Massacre, the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Pelicoolab, a program under Arthouse Cinema, presents five winning Gawad Alternatibo films about the Mendiola Massacre and the present plight of Filipino farmers.

Free film screenings on Jan. 24, 2020, from 2 pm, at Tanghalang Manuel Conde.

CCP Photo

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