Trinidad “Trining” Herrera-Repuno was leading the urban poor in Manila under Marcos’ dictatorship. She served as the president of the Zone One Tondo Organization, a group that fought for its members’ rights to housing and land ownership.
On April 27, 1977, the Manila police apprehended her and took her to Camp Crame for questioning. There, state forces brutally electrocuted her fingers and breasts.
She was detained and subjected to severe torture multiple times. But what hurts her the most is that urban poor people are still struggling for decent housing today, just as they did under Marcos’ regime.
As a Martial Law victim, she believes that one way to heal the wounds of the past is for the young generation to value the freedom that Filipinos struggled for in the past.