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Senators back Duterte’s position on Marcos burial

Some senators yesterday welcomed presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement of a burial for former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani despite the outrage expressed by martial law victims at the idea.

Re-elected Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said he believes it should not be a big deal for Marcos to be accorded a hero’s burial since the late strongman was a soldier who fought against the Japanese forces during the World War II.

“I agree with him (Duterte) that being a former soldier who fought in World War 2, the late president or anybody who at the very least had not been dishonorably discharged is entitled to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Lacson said in a text message to reporters.

Whatever crimes Marcos committed during the martial law is best left for history to decide, the senator said.

“Whatever wrong he did as President and commander in chief should be left to history to decide,” Lacson added.

Sought for comment, Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said he would respect the decision of the incoming President since he has the prerogative to decide as such.

“We will respect whatever the President decides,” Angara said.

Angara also said Duterte’s pronouncement is no longer surprising since it was one of his promises he made during the May election period.

“I think he made his positions on those hot issues clear during the campaign so really nothing new there,” he said.

Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto, for his part, said he is still uncertain whether to support Duterte’s move or not.

“I have no strong convictions for or against,” Sotto said.

Senator Ralph Recto also said he sees nothing wrong with a hero’s burial accorded to the former president: “(It’s) ok with me.”

Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. hailed Duterte’s announcement and said he is thankful for the Davao City mayor for supporting his bid after years of battling critics opposing a hero’s burial for his father.

“We are deeply grateful to the statement of our incoming President Rodrigo Duterte favoring the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Marcos said in a statement.

“It has always been our family’s position that it is our father’s right under the law to be buried there being a soldier and a former President of this country,” he said.

“Our campaign has always been towards achieving unity to move the country forward. And it is this kind of pronouncement that we hope could end the decades of divisiveness that have been imposed upon us by our leaders. We would like to thank President Duterte for this kind, rightful and healing gesture,” he added.

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  • Andrej Mazahery

    Ang Pangalan na “Libingan ng mga Bayani” Ay political lang. Hindi naman literal na lahat ng nalilibing dyan ay Bayani. Essentially, Military Cemetery yan at kung sundalo ka o dating presidente me karapatan ka ihimlay dyan.

    Ang OA kasi ng yellow minions na ito. Ang hinihingi lang naman ng pamilya ay libing na nararapat sa isang dating guerilla at presidente. Hindi naman nila hinihingi sa national historic commission na gawin syang national hero.

    • Angelina-Ellen Villegas

      Paano kasi, sila-sila lang ang papangalan ng mga magulang nila na ” Hero daw” na wala namang ginawa sa bayan kungdi ang magtraitor, kaya nagkaroon ng Martial law, but under the negotiations with the congress and not alone the decision of Marcos. Ang mga bagong henerasyon na hindi dumaan sa mga Marcos, ay naniniwala sa mga kasinungalingang propaganda ng mga abnormal na mga Aquino. Ako nadaanan ko lahat ang pagiging president ni marcos. pero nandito na ako sa Europe ng tinalsik ng mga abnoy aquino ang mga Marcos. Mas gusto ko pa noon Marcos time, hindi pa masyadong naghihirapa ang mga tao. pero ng umupo si Cory, FVR,GMA,Erap and again abnoy, pinabagsak at sinira nila ang Pinas. Lalung lalu na ng si abnoy ang umupo.