Vicente Ladlad

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Vicente "Vic" Ladlad is an activist born in Gumaca, Quezon. He was head of UP Student Catholic Action Los Baños and became the head of the UPLB student council in 1972 at the height of student activism protesting the Marcos regime.

During the First Quarter Storm, Ladlad led a barricade at the Los Baños Junction. Many trucks full of agricultural products, some of them owned by the Yulos, remained stranded in Los Baños. The barricade was violently dispersed by state forces of the Marcos regime.

Ladlad went into hiding just after the declaration of Martial Law on September 21, 1972. He organized farmers and other sectors in the Southern Tagalog region to protest the authoritarian rule of the Marcos regime.

In 1983, Ladlad was captured in Pasay. Together with other political detainees, he was jailed at Camp Nakar in Lucena City. When Marcos was ousted in 1986 through people power, Ladlad was set free by the new government. He became an active member of SELDA, an organization of former political detainees.

In 2001, the militant legal left decided to join in the electoral process. They organized the Bayan Muna Party. Ladlad became one of its political advisers.

Ladlad's present partner is Fides Lim, a former student writer at UP Diliman.


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