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Dulaang UP sorry for Irene Marcos’ presence at play’s gala night: We haven’t forgotten Martial Law

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The University of the Philippines’ (UP) theater company apologized Sunday (September 8) over the presence of Irene Marcos-Araneta at the gala performance of its play, “The House of Bernarda Alba.”

Some 30 students staged a flash protest Friday on campus (September 6) over the presence of Marcos-Araneta, the third child of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and former First Lady Imelda Marcos.

“We also wish to apologize to the members of the audience, the cast and staff for the disruptions during and after the performance,” Dulaang UP said in a statement.

The group said it would be “more discerning in its actions in the future.”

“We have not forgotten the atrocities of Martial Law and we are one with the community in its protest against human rights abuses,” Dulaang UP said.

In April, Marcos-Araneta drew flak for attending an event at Ateneo De Manila University’s Arete Amphitheater.

The controversy prompted Arete’s director to resign.

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