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Marcos’ burial yet to be set by family

Marcoses hope healing process begins as opponents vow to ask SC to reconsider

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By MB Online, Genalyn Kabiling, Hannah Torregoza and Betheena Kae Unite

The family of former president Ferdinand Marcos will have to decide on the funeral for the late leader at the Libingan ng mga Bayani after the Supreme Court dismissed the petitions against the burial, a decision that triggering mixed reactions.

Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos, who was at the Supreme Court to join the Marcos supporters, said all they wanted is for her father to have a simple burial and not a state funeral.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa inyong lahat, the long wait is finally over,” said Marcos, daughter of the late president.

Her brother, former senator Bongbong Marcos, is likewise grateful with the decision, and thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for his “unwavering commitment” to the issue.

“Our family will forever be thankful for his kind gesture. It is our sincerest hope that this will lead the nation towards healing as we endeavor to move the country forward to give every Filipino a better life,” he said.

Marcos, who is in Tacloban City for the third anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda, told reporters the family has yet to decide on the funeral.

He also respected the opponents’ decision to file a motion for reconsideration, but hoped for them to “go beyond their political concerns and see this as an important part of the healing process” in the country.

Read more: SC allows Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

Marcos' loyalists cry when the supreme court allowed the burial of the late President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. (MB Photo by Ali Vicoy) / MANILA BULLETIN

Marcos’ loyalists cry when the supreme court allowed the burial of the late President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. (MB Photo by Ali Vicoy) / MANILA BULLETIN

‘Unhealed wounds’

Vice President Leni Robredo, who is also in Tacloban and Marcos’ opponent in the 2016 vice presidential race, lamented the high court’s ruling.

Robredo said burying Marcos at the heroes’ sacred ground would “keep the wounds of the past unhealed.”

“It might pass the bar of legal technicality, but can never be consistent with morality and the spirit of the Filipino people power revolution. Our nation’s healing begins with the acknowledgement of the truth and resolution of the past,” the vice president said in a statement.

Senator Leila de Lima, a former human rights commissioner and one of the petitioners against the burial, denounced the ruling.

“I regret that the Filipino people will not only have suffered as a result of the rampant corruption that infected the bureaucracy during the Marcos regime the effects of which are still felt today, but will also suffer the indignity of being forced to support the burial of the former President on public land, with public funds and with the ironic label of hero.”

Teaching Martial Law truth

For Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, the ruling will make the Philippines “a laughing stock of the world.”

“We kicked out a reviled dictator and now we are honoring him by burying him in our national heroes cemetery. No less than our Supreme Court wants our citizens, our children to honor a plunderer and tyrant,” he disclosed.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros also said the decision “intends to effectively wipe the Marcos slate clean and negate the sacrifices of the thousands of brave souls who fought and suffered under the brutal Marcos dictatorship.”

While Sen. Bam Aquino slammed the decision to bury a “corrupt and ruthless dictator” at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, he said he respects the decision.

Aquino, nephew of democracy icon and Marcos’ political nemesis Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., vowed to work with the Department of Education “to ensure that the truth about martial law is effectively taught in our schools.”

The fight continues

Many representatives likewise condemned the high court’s decision, with Edcel Lagman and Neri Colmenares—both human rights victims during Martial Law and petitioners against the move—vowing to file motions for reconsideration.

“Dehado kami. The Marcos had always had the upper hand,” Colmenares said.

Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin, Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo, and Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez also expressed disappointment.

“The body may have been buried, but not the truth,” Villarin said. “It is for us to tell and for the future generations to judge. Hindi dito natatapos ang laban.”

Reparations not affected

The government, on the other hand, urged the public to respect the decision to kick-start a new beginning for the nation.

Solicitor general Jose Calida, the government’s lead counsel in defense of the burial, said the judicial imprimatur given by the court is “a major step towards national reconciliation.”

“It is a welcome development for the Filipino people who thirst for peace and change,” said Calida.

He likewise clarified that the monetary reparations of the human rights victims will not be affected by the decision, radio DZMM reported.

Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said: “Hopefully, the decision will put to rest the opposition to the burial of Marcos. It’s about time the nation moves on and confront the more pressing concerns of the country rather than linger on an emotional issue that is unproductive as it is divisive.”

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella echoed the same senetiment, saying “we hope the matter will finally be laid to rest, and that the nation find the wherewithal to move forward and to continue forging a nation that is peaceable, just and fair to all.”

Senator Manny Pacquiao, fresh from his victorious fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, also urged the public to move on.

“And if we are claiming that we believe God, we should forgive others,” the champion senator said in an interview.

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  • I dont care

    Hayaang malibing si Marcos para mabulok na, tapos lagyan ng IED ang puntod para pasabogin o taihan at ihian araw araw. Lagyan din ng graffiti.

    • Ali Ngasngas

      homer brain….. thats what you are …..

      • I dont care

        Really, go kiss and lick the dead marcos buthole

        • Ali Ngasngas

          homer brain ……. butthead …

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            Dick sucker fagot

          • Ali Ngasngas

            bigot ….

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            Tama ka dahil ayaw ko bakla gaya mo

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            who cares …..

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          • Ali Ngasngas

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          • Ali Ngasngas

            faggot

          • I dont care

            Wala ka nang masabi at puro sotto copy ka na lang ba ha BAKLANG palaka mahilig chumupa.

          • Ali Ngasngas

            meron ikaw para kang higad sa kati….

          • I dont care

            Ha ha bakla ka ngang talaga–chumupa ka na lang ng titi at pkantot sa pwet mong mabaho–BAKLA

          • Ali Ngasngas

            ikaw tinitira mo mismo ang puwet mo hahahahahah..

          • I dont care

            Wow laki ng titi ko gusto mo bading

          • Ali Ngasngas

            isubo mo n lang tutal malaki kamo . mag selfie ka na lang hahahahaha

          • I dont care

            talagang puro kabaklaan ang alam ng bading na si Aling Ngangas

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          • Ali Ngasngas

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  • sea eagle

    Should be buried at the libingan ng mga magnanakaw,this thief and murderer should not be buried next to the real heroes it is an insult to the Pilipino people.Should do a lifestyle check on the SC justices who voted yes to bury the Japanese collaborator during WW II.

  • Simon

    Now I already know the secret campaign financier of DU30 that solved the agony to the remain of FMarcos to bury at LNMB. It is really a tradition in the PH that every elections, whoever leads, there’s a conspiracy. and there’s always a trouble.

  • Ryanir Mustafa

    I for once in my youngUniversity days in Manila was an active activist who rally against the excesses of the Marcos Martial Law Administration. Now as i summed up the events 30 years ago after his downfall is what i am asking for. What is our benefit, what will happen to our country beyond this, is me and my family will get a better life after this and people from all walks of life will be a disciplined one and see each other as brother & sisters for a common good? My assumption is all WRONG and as i see all the events in it’s aftermath … my country goes spiraling downwards … drugs, criminality, undisciplined people with no respect to their elders and people in the government who are 100% corrupt, then what should we do… i think we can’t rely everything to any sitting President because five (5) past Presidents have occupied that positions after Marcos and yet there is no positive progress this country ever has …. DU30 today will not solve this even in his lifetime and even the next after him … what in my mind is CHANGE that will not come from this man rather as i see it he only wants to first initiate it and the rest will come from us .. Don’t politicize everything and blame others for our woes rather to think and do even a small step how we can contribute to our nation. Don’t ask me how, i know you are brighter me.

  • Ali Ngasngas

    30 years no progress …. edsa 1 divides the nation