SDK Heroes and Martyrs



College of Veterinary Medicine student, U.P. Diliman, Q.C., 1967-70


Benedicto “Benny” Pasetes is from Plainview, Mandalyong. He joined U.P. Student Council Nationalist Corps, SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan) and was a member of the radio committee of the Movement for a Democratic Philippines with program Radio Pakikibaka at DZME in Roosevelt Avenue, Quezon City.


He was executed in Bo. Sta, Catalina, San Ildefonso, Bulacan on January 26, 1976 at age 25.




1975 AB Journalism graduate of U.P. Diliman, Q.C.


Jacinto “Jack” Pena is from Iloilo City.


Jack wrote daily critiques of Marcos policies published in underground newspapers. He joined the Laban campaign of Benigno Aquino, Jr., was Editor of BMP (Baltia ng Malayang Pilipino) and helped train news correspondents, reporters and writers for the underground propaganda network. He was wounded, captured and tortured till death by army soldiers fighting NPA guerrillas in Gattaran, Cagayan. He died on November 11, 1979 at age 30.




U.P. Diliman, AB Economics, 1971


Antonio “Tony” Tagamolila is from La Paz, Iloilo. He was Literary Editor of the U.P. Highlights. He joined KM (Kabataang Makabayan) in 1966, SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan) and became the Editor-in-Chief of Philippine Collegian.


He died in a Philippine Constabulary encounter on February 19, 1974 in Aglag-it, Libacao, Aklan. He was 26.




University of the Philippines Diliman, 1st year


Noel Tierra is from Lucena City. Hejoined the U.P. Student Council Nationalist Corps and SDK (Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan).


He was an SDK organizer when arrested and captured by soldiers in Quezon on January 1974. He was shot dead in Bagong Silang II, Tagkawayan, Quezon on February 9, 1974. His body bore torture marks.