By Raïssa Robles
Below is the link to listen to the oral arguments.
Now, Trinidad Herrera is testifying. I was not able to interview Trinidad Herrera, but I was able to interview her accused torturer, Col. Eduardo (not Edgardo) Matillano. What Matillano told me, which he allowed me to record but not video, was very telling.
Herrera was recognized by no less than President Jimmy Carter’s wife, Rosalynn. Mrs. Carter wrote a letter to Herrera.
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I took a break to eat, wash dishes and put up the wash, since it is a sunny day.
My God, I tuned in on the oral arguments just in time to hear Loretta Ann Rosales, former chair of the Human rights Commission narrate her torture.
It is the very, very first time that the Supreme Court is hearing en banc – and it is beaming the audio on livestream – the actual stories of torture victims.
I interviewed Rosales for the book Marcos Martial Law: Never Again.
She kept postponing my interview with her. Finally, when she allowed me to interview her, she did not want me to video her.
Today, she took the courage into her hands to talk about what she must have considered her shame – the rape in the hands of her military captors.
I feel like crying.
I also interviewed Hilda Narciso for the book. At first, she did not also want to talk to me. But finally, she relented.
I have a video of my interview with her.