Santos retires Silent No More sign

Guam Daily Post

By Neil Pang | Post News Staff

During a sobering ceremony at the Guam Veterans Cemetery in Piti yesterday, Silent No More founder Joe Santos retired the sign he had been displaying on the back of his pickup truck since June. Together with Sens. Frank Blas Jr. and Frank Aguon Jr., Santos removed the iconic sign from the bed of his pickup at the foot of the grave of the late Joseph “Sonny” Quinata.

The sign has become something of an itinerant landmark – the stark black on white “Silent No More Stop Child Sex Abuse” is easily seen and announces the likely presence of a protest nearby.

Santos said he had originally erected the sign as a silent promise made to Doris Concepcion during the internment of her son Joseph “Sonny” Quinata’s remains.

“I watched his mother slide his ashes into his final resting place,” Santos said to the gathered crowd. “I saw the pain of a mother – the pain of a parent who wished, I think, that she had done some things differently.”

On that day, June 14, Santos vowed he was going to display the sign until the bill was passed.

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