Malisbong Massacre documentary film presented on Int’l Human Rights Day

A documentary film that depicts the horrifying experiences of Moro villagers of Malisbong in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat Province from the hands of government forces during the Martial Law years was presented on Friday (Dec 9) for public viewing at Shariff Kabungsuan Cultural Center in ORC Compound in Cotabato City in observance of the International Human Rights Day.

The film entitled "Forbidden Memory: the greatest Marcos horror story never told" was directed by multi-awarded Moro filmmaker Teng Mangansakan, II.

“Forbidden Memory summons remembrances and memories of the fateful days in September 1974 when about 1,000 men from Malisbong and neighboring villages in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat province, were killed while 3,000 women and children were forcibly taken to naval boats stationed nearby where they encountered unspeakable horror. The genocide and atrocities were perpetrated under the dark years of the Martial Law regime of Ferdinand Marcos,” the film synopsis stated.

Narratives of the Palimbang Massacre survivors were also documented and became part of the report of the Transitional Justie and Reconciliation Commission, an independent body tasked to undertake study and make recommendations with a view to promoting healing and reconciliation among the different communities affected by the conflict in Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago.

The Commission on Human Rights had also enlisted survivors and families of the human rights victims during Martial Law era committed by the state forces to facilitate reparation to the victims of human rights violations by virtue of Republic Act 10368, or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.