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Monday, August 8, 2016

Should Marcos Be Buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani?

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President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he has authorized burial of the former President, Ferdinand Marcos - the dictator, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
"Burying a murderer and a thief in the Libingan ng mga Bayani is not moving is teaching our children to honor murderers and plunderers....It is not going to heal the nation nor will it unite will only deeply divide us, reopen deep wounds of those who suffered, causing them to relive the gnawing pain and memory of loved ones jailed, tortured, murdered, salvaged or who disappeared because of the tyranny and oppression of the dictatorship.
How can one forgive when there is neither remorse nor atonement on the part of the Marcos family?" - Kiko Pangilinan
Those who have been dishonorably discharged from service, or personnel convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude, do not qualify for interment at the cemetery.

Utterly bereft of valid arguments to rebut it, you evade the issue and involve matters totally irrelevant to the Marcos burial. In fact, if we want to be consistent if Napoles and the others are corrupt, Marcos who has been acknowledged as one of the most corrupt leaders of the world, should be treated like them and not rewarded with a hero's burial which he is most undeserving of. We cannot move on without justice. We cannot move on without making Napoles and the others answerable for their crimes. The same is true with dictator Marcos.
"Move on na tayo. Mag move on na din tayo at patawarin ang mga adik at pushers kasama ng mga kriminal. Mukhang nakapag move on naman na tayo kila GMA, Tanda, Pogi at Sexy pati na kay Napoles. Pakawalan at patawarin na din si Vhon Tanto. Stop extrajudicial killings at mag move on na tayo. Sunugin nyo na yan druglords and protectors druglist ninyo at patawarin na sila. Ayos!" - Sarcasm
Were moving on with the marcoses anyway. Let this move on thing be universal and not exclusive to a freakin' wax.

Duterte does not have the legal authority to have Dictator Marcos buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. It is contrary to Law. It is not the President who is empowered to decide on this but the Board on National Pantheon composed of the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Public Works and Communications and the Secretary of Education and two private citizens to be appointed by the President of the Philippines with the consent of the Commission on Appointments (R.A. No. 289). 

The purpose of the National Pantheon is to perpetuate the memory of all the Presidents of the Philippines, national heroes and patriots for the inspiration and emulation of this generation and of generations still unborn. 

Dictator Marcos, who is responsible for the torture, murder, disappearance and illegal detention of thousands of Filipinos who stood for freedom and democracy as well as the shameless plunder of the people's money does not qualify for emulation, most specially when the "Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013"(R.A. NO. 10368) declares that it is the policy of the State to "recognize the heroism and sacrifices of all Filipinos who were victims of summary execution, torture, enforced or involuntary disappearance and other gross human rights violations committed during the regime of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos covering the period from September 21, 1972 to February 25, 1986 and restore the victims’ honor and dignity." 

One cannot recognize the heroism of those who are victims of Martial Law and at the same time give Marcos a hero's burial. It will be a great injustice to the countless of Filipinos who were victims of Marcos' human rights violations and a desecration of their memory if Marcos is allowed to be buried there.

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