A tribute to Trinidad “Ka Trining” Herrera

Trinidad Herrera, an urban poor leader, was imprisoned and tortured during Martial Law. (Photo by Bernard Testa)

She was trouble.
But authorities could only do so much about Trinidad Herrera.
After all, she was good at what she did. She was able to lead and organize anti-government demonstrations not just before and after but during Martial Law, a period when it was dangerous and difficult to do so. [See: Trinidad Herrera]
When the Philippines was placed under military rule, most civil rights were suspended, allowing the military and the police to arrest persons arbitrarily, detain them without due process, and even torture and/or murder them in cold blood. (As a result, anywhere from 60,000-70,000 persons were picked-up and locked-up-often on trumped-up charges; some 10,000 were tortured, and 3,000 others were killed.)
But these failed to deter Herrera.
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