Marcos’ Burial in Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB):
Travesty of History and Grave Injustice to the Filipino People
It is neither rhetoric nor a spontaneous outburst of President Duterte that his spokesperson and legal counsel could re-interpret or gloss over. The decision allowing the interment of the cadaver of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Sr in Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) is payback for Bong-bong Marcos’ support in the last presidential contest. This was clearly impressed in media releases after Digong and Bongbong met last June 10 in Davao City.
Speaking before media people in Davao City in the early hours of August 7, Duterte made public his go-ahead order to inter Marcos at the LNMB. On the same date, Secretary of National Defense, Ret. Gen. Delfin Lorenzana issued a memorandum to AFP Chief of Staff Ricardo Visaya to comply with the July 11 verbal order of President Rodrigo Duterte. The administrator of Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) and Ilocos Norte Governor, Imee Marcos are furnished with copy of said memorandum.
We, in Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN), along with affiliate member organizations, join the thousands of Martial Law victims, their families and millions of people opposing this decision by Duterte.
We deplore this mockery and perversion of history. It blatantly disregards the Filipino people’s will that was expressed and affirmed through the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution that ousted Marcos and dismantled his dictatorial regime. This is an affront to the spirit of EDSA People Power Revolution and a grave injustice to the Filipino people.
We express disgust at Malacanan’s handling of the issue, reducing it into mere legal technicalities and negating the spirit, basis and intent of the law (RA 289) and of the LNMB itself.
Though he says that protests are allowed, WE state our apprehension over Duterte’s debase and insulting treatment of dissenting and critical views.
It is insulting and outright intellectual dishonesty that in justifying his decision ordering the burial of Marcos in LNMB, Duterte tends to shroud the crimes of Marcos against the people and in effect reverses history.
We believe that by giving in to the narrow interest of Bongbong Marcos, Duterte is fanning division among the people and creating a favorable condition for the rule of a few oligarchs like the late dictator Marcos who stole and stashed away public wealth and funds amounting to several billions of dollars.
We are wary that the decision to inter Marcos in LNMB with state honors would have far-reaching repercussions– water down the significance of People Power; compromise the country’s recovery of its stolen wealth; render insignificant the law that created the PCGG and RA 10368 or Act Providing for Reparation and Recognition of Victims of Human Rights Violations During the Marcos Regime and other laws.
It makes us more anxious that following Duterte’s announcement of his order to bury Marcos in LNMB, he threatened or “joked about” declaring Martial Law. Whether he was joking or not, his legal counsel, Atty. Panelo’s twisted reasoning that the drug crisis could be basis for declaring Martial Law drew more reactions.
We are apprehensive that Duterte’s decision is conveying the wrong message especially to the young generation or the millennials who haven’t had the opportunity to study and learn about the not so distant past history.
We thus encourage everybody, especially the youth, to study history and the present situation to have objective knowledge and view that are necessary in making decision on this serious issue that has been dividing the nation in the last 25 years despite the 14 years (1972-1986) of tyranny and plunder by the Marcos dictatorship.
We join the call to bury Marcos cadaver in his hometown in Ilocos Norte, beside his mother’s tomb, as what the dying former dictator told the late former Vice-President Salvador “Doy” Laurel.
In view of these, we ask, in earnest, that President Duterte reconsider and withdraw his decision allowing the burial of Marcos in the LNMB.
Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN) August 14, 2016
Photo on top: KILUSAN in the Citizens’ Assembly Against Marcos Burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani | August 14, 2016 | Lapu Lapu Monument, Rizal Park
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