MANILA, Philippines – The Ateneo de Manila University continues to take a stand on the issue of the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
The Blue Babble Battalion, the school’s varsity cheering squad, staged a protest at halftime of the Ateneo Blue Eagles’ UAAP Season 79 Final Four game against the FEU Tamaraws on Wednesday, November 30 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Members of the Blue Babble incorporated the protest into their halftime performance, taking off their jackets to reveal black shirts that spelled out “Not A Hero” on their backs as the blue gallery rose to their feet in support, according to a fan who witnessed the performance.
The protest took place on the same day rallies were being held around the country, a follow-up to similar mobilizations 5 days ago.
This isn’t the first time the Ateneo community took part in a protest in the UAAP as they came together with rivals De La Salle University to wear black during their meeting in the first round to stand in solidarity with victims of human rights.
After the late dictator’s sudden burial at the Libingan on November 18, 2016, Ateneo was one of the first universities in the country to protest against it, wrapping its gates with black cloth and its students demonstrating along Katipunan.