SDK Heroes and Martyrs



Philippine Science High School, 1969-1971


Lorenzo Bonifacio “Nick” Lansang was awarded the highest honors for having the best academic record in the history of U.P. Elementary School in Diliman, Quezon City. He joined SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan) in 1969.


He was killed on February 18, 1976 at age 19 during a military raid of the constabulary forces in Mauban, Quezon.



U.P. Iloilo student, up to 2nd year AB


Edmundo Legislador is from Oton, Iloilo. He joined the Iloilo Chapter of SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan) and the Kalinangan Cultural Guild which performed during protest actions.


He was shot in the head while taking a noon siesta with friends in Sibalom, Antique on July 27, 1973. He died at age 22.



U.P. Diliman student, BS Electrical Engineering and NSDB Scholar, 1968-1972.


Mariano “Rock” Lopez joined the U.P. Student Council Nationalist Corps, SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan) in 1969 and later Gintong Silahis, SDK’s cultural arm.


He was reportedly killed by government troopers on June 12, 1976 at age 24.

Manuel “Manny” Ontong



University of the Philippines student, 1968-1973, BSBA Marketing.


Romulo “Romy” Palabay is from San Fernando, La Union. He joined SCAUP (Student Catholic Action of U.P.) in 1970, KM (Kabataang Makabayan) and later Panday Sining. He became Chairman of Progresibong Samahan sa Pangangalakal UP Chapter (an affiliate of SDK), member of YSCALU (Youth and Student Cultural Association of La Union) and La Union Coordinator of U.P. Special Committee on Constitutional Convention.


He was taken by CHDF men in Hungduan, Ifugao on December 14, 1974. Three days later, he was found murdered with bullet wounds and a broken skull. He was 22 years old.