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DUTERTE, ROBREDO PART WAYS ON MARCOS BURIAL
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AUGUST 9 -The divide between President Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredio widened over Duterte’s decision to allow the late former President Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB). A memorandum signed by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana dated August 7, which was released early yesterday, instructed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Ricardo Visaya to prepare for the late president’s interment. “In compliance to the verbal order of the President to implement his election campaign promise to have the remains of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos to be interred at the (LNMB), kindly undertake the necessary planning and preparations to facilitate the coordination of all agencies concerned specially for their provisions for ceremonial and security requirements,” Lorenzana told Visaya. In a press briefing in Davao City last Sunday, Duterte said that he is definite about his decision to allow the burial of Marcos at the LNMB according to the wishes of the Marcos family despite the protest of several anti-Marcos groups. Robredo, in a statement, expressed his opposition to Duterte’s decision. “How can we allow a hero’s burial for a man who has plundered our country and was responsible for the death and disappearance of many Filipinos? Those who have greatly committed crimes and moral turpitude to the Filipino people cannot be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Robredo said. She said the decision will not bring unity but will only “deepen the unhealed wounds of the survivors and family members of victims of the terrible years under the Marcos presidency.” Robredo said Marcos’ heirs “continue to deny that these sins against our people happened. They continue to have no remorse and still prevent the return of the wealth that they stole.” “It is our responsibility to teach our children the heroism and sacrifice of our forefathers. And Mr. Marcos is no hero,” she added. READ MORE...RELATED, DU30: GAVE GO-AHEAD - FM to be buried in Libingan on September 18...

ALSO: VP Leni Robredo opposes Marcos burial at Libingan
[RELATED: Hero's burial for Marcos? What Philippine leaders have to say]


AUGUST 8 -Vice President Leni Robredo said she is strongly opposing the decision to bury former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Office of the Vice President/Released
Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday said she is opposed to the planned burial of late former President Ferdinand Marcos' remains at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. “We strongly oppose the decision to bury former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Robredo said in a released statement. The vice president lamented the plunder, crimes and abuses attributed to Marcos during his decades-long regime as reasons that the late president does not merit a hero’s burial. Robredo said the interment of Marcos “will not bring unity to the country” as President Rodrigo Duterte, who made the Marcos burial a campaign promise, believes. “How can we allow a hero's burial for a man who has plundered our country and was responsible for the death and disappearance of many Filipinos? Those who have greatly committed crimes and moral turpitude to the Filipino people cannot be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Robredo said. “This decision will not bring unity to our country; it will only deepen the unhealed wounds of the survivors and family members of victims of the terrible years under [the] Marcos presidency,” she added. Robredo further cited the alleged ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses and their cronies, some of which the government has already recovered. She said it is the older generation's responsibility to teach “children the heroism and sacrifice of our forefathers” adding that Marcos is “no hero.”  READ MORE...RELATED, Hero's burial for Marcos? What Philippine leaders have to say...

ALSO Palace: No legal basis to block Marcos burial
[RELATED: Defense chief on Marcos burial at Libingan - I am just implementing presidential directive]
[RELATED(2): Marcos 'qualified' for hero's burial based on AFP rules – DND]


AUGUST 9 -A soldier walks behind a marker at the Libingan ng mga Bayani where past Philippine presidents are buried. EDD GUMBAN, file
Efforts to block the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (heroes’ cemetery) do not have legal basis, Malacañang said Monday. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo stressed that Marcos is qualified to be interred at the heroes’ cemetery as a former president and a war veteran. “It’s a democratic country. Everyone is entitled to file [a] petition in court. But I don’t think there is a legal basis for that,” Panelo told reporters Monday in an interview. “The regulation issued by the Armed Forces of the Philippines is very clear. Those who are entitled to be interred in the Libingan ng mga Bayani are, among others, soldiers and presidents so on the basis of that, the late President Marcos is entitled to be buried there,” he added. Panelo also brushed aside criticisms that Marcos does not deserve to be given a hero's burial because of the alleged human rights violations committed during his presidency. “It (law) does not distinguish whether president is good or bad, handsome or ugly. If you’re a president, you’re entitled to be buried there,” the president’s lawyer said. “Since some people are against it for reasons of their own, they’re free to express their position and their dissent and the Constitution guarantees freedom of assembly. President Duterte, in fact, encourages it and won’t do anything to stop them,” he added. Move meant to bring closure Duterte has given the go-signal to bury Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, believing this would put closure to one of the most hotly debated issue in Philippine history. Marcos, whose 20-year presidency was ended by the historic 1986 People Power Revolution, is scheduled to be interred at the heroes’ cemetery on Sept. 18. Human rights activists and Martial Law victims, however, believe the burial would send a wrong signal and would insult other heroes who sacrificed for the country. Sen. Leila de Lima said human rights victims during the Marcos regime may file a class suit to stop the former president's burial. READ MORE... RELATED, Defense chief on Marcos burial at Libingan - I am just implementing presidential directive...RELATED(2) Marcos 'qualified' for hero's burial based on AFP rules – DND...

ALSO: Groups prepare to block FM burial in Libingan
[RELATED: Opposition to Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani founded on hate rather than reason]


AUGUST 9 -Even President Duterte’s allies are opposing his decision allowing a hero’s burial for former president Ferdinand Marcos. Jun Acullador/CC BY-ND, File
Even President Duterte’s allies are opposing his decision allowing a hero’s burial for former president Ferdinand Marcos, whose dictatorial regime they said was marked by plunder, killings, enforced disappearances and lies. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR), National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), Catholic bishops, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano yesterday appealed to Duterte to reconsider his decision. CHR chair Chito Gascon said Duterte’s decision runs counter to the spirit of Republic Act 10368, or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013. The law provides compensation for human rights victims of the Marcos dictatorship. “We hope President Duterte, while he still has time, might reconsider his decision,” Gascon told reporters. “We in the commission are concerned on this decision primarily because it impacts the things that we need to do in terms of what we call transitional justice, that persons who commit atrocities against the people should be held accountable. “There’s also a universal concern among the human rights victims about the message we will be sending to the current and future generations that it’s all right to violate human rights and you will be given hero’s burial,” he added. Former president Benigno Aquino III, son of democracy icons Benigno and Corazon Aquino who fought the Marcos dictatorial regime, is contemplating what he can do to block the hero’s burial for Marcos. READ MORE...RELATED,
Opposition to Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani founded on hate rather than reason...

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Mixed emotions for Ilocanos as Marcos burial set in September
[RELATED: Marcos’ Burial At The ‘Libingan Ng Mga Bayani’ A Disrespect To History, Says Running Priest, Activists]


AUGUST 8 -All is set for the burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City on Sept. 18, his son and namesake, former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., disclosed yesterday. STAR/File photo
SARRAT, Ilocos Norte (Philippines News Agency) — Mixed feelings of sadness and excitement are drawn on the faces of some Ilocanos here as preparations are underway for the September 18 burial of the late former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Kept for the past 23 years in a glass coffin in a dim lit room of the Marcos mausoleum, his body will be transferred to a personalized casket the Marcos family prepared for him in anticipation for his burial complete with military honors at the Libingan. READ: Rody OKs FM Libingan burial Like the customary Ilocano burial rites, his body will be brought to his birthplace in Sarrat, particularly at the Sta. Monica Church, the largest church in Ilocos Norte which then first lady and now Rep. Imelda Marcos helped restore after it was destroyed by a strong earthquake. Later on, it became the setting for the grand wedding of Marcos daughter Irene and Gregorio Araneta. Father Carlito “Joey” Ranjo Jr., parish priest of the Sta. Monica Church, said they expect the body to arrive at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 15. Then he will officiate a mass at 9 a.m. on the same day. READ MORE...RELATED, Marcos’ Burial At The ‘Libingan Ng Mga Bayani’ A Disrespect To History, Says Running Priest, Activists...


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Duterte, Robredo part ways on Marcos burial

MANILA, AUGUST 15, 2016 (TRIBUNE) Written by Ted Tuvera Tuesday, 09 August 2016 00:00  - The divide between President Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredio widened over Duterte’s decision to allow the late former President Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).

A memorandum signed by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana dated August 7, which was released early yesterday, instructed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Ricardo Visaya to prepare for the late president’s interment.

“In compliance to the verbal order of the President to implement his election campaign promise to have the remains of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos to be interred at the (LNMB), kindly undertake the necessary planning and preparations to facilitate the coordination of all agencies concerned specially for their provisions for ceremonial and security requirements,” Lorenzana told Visaya.

In a press briefing in Davao City last Sunday, Duterte said that he is definite about his decision to allow the burial of Marcos at the LNMB according to the wishes of the Marcos family despite the protest of several anti-Marcos groups.

Robredo, in a statement, expressed his opposition to Duterte’s decision. “How can we allow a hero’s burial for a man who has plundered our country and was responsible for the death and disappearance of many Filipinos? Those who have greatly committed crimes and moral turpitude to the Filipino people cannot be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Robredo said.

She said the decision will not bring unity but will only “deepen the unhealed wounds of the survivors and family members of victims of the terrible years under the Marcos presidency.”

Robredo said Marcos’ heirs “continue to deny that these sins against our people happened. They continue to have no remorse and still prevent the return of the wealth that they stole.”

“It is our responsibility to teach our children the heroism and sacrifice of our forefathers. And Mr. Marcos is no hero,” she added.

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The said memorandum, a copy of which was specifically addressed to the late strongman’s eldest daughter Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, also ordered the AFP chief to “[coordinate] closely with the Marcos family regarding the date of interment and the transport of the late former President’s remains from Ilocos Norte to the LNMB”.

The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), the government office that supervises and administers the LNMB, has been designated as the office with primary responsibility for the Marcos burial.

It is recalled that President Duterte, who claims to be a fan of the late strongman, has already voiced out that he will not change his decision to allow Marcos’ burial at the LNMB.

“As a former soldier and former president of the Philippines, I see nothing wrong in having (former President Ferdinand) Marcos buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Duterte said.

A newspaper report stated that Marcos’ burial at the LNMB is set on September 18.

Militant group Bagong Alysanang Makabayan (Bayan) said taxpayer’s money shouldn’t be spent for the late President who has gained a reputation of allegedly amassing ill-gotten wealth throughout his 21-year reign in Malacanang.

“Government should not use a single centavo of taxpayers’ money or any government resources for that matter, to honor one who plundered the nation’s coffers and violated human rights with impunity,” Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes said in a text message to reporters.

Reyes said that “official honors for the dictator Marcos, whether as a hero, soldier or former president” is allegedly meant to “whitewash the bloody record of the dictator”.

Despite being ousted from Malacañang due to the 1986 People Power Revolt, the Marcos family managed to bag government posts in the last 20 years: Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. was merely 3 million votes away from winning the vice presidency after being elected for two terms in the Senate; former First Lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos, 87, is on her third term as Ilocos Norte second district representative, and Imee Marcos is the incumbent provincial chief executive of their dad’s turf.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) is hoping for a final swing to convince the present to rethink his decision, as they submitted a position paper detailing reasons to deny Marcos a burial at the LNMB.

NHCP chairman Maria Serena Diokno said that as early as July 12, they had submitted the result of their review of facts on claims about Marcos’ being a wartime hero.

In a 34-page paper entitled, “”Why Ferdinand E. Marcos Should Not Be Buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Diokno stressed that many of the claims of Marcos is not true.

The NHCP said in the study that “grave doubts expressed in the military records about Mr. Marcos’s actions and character as a soldier do not provide sound, unassailable basis for the recognition of a soldier who deserves to be buried at the LNMB.”

“On these grounds, coupled with Mr. Marcos’s lies about his medals, the [NHCP] opposes the plan to bury Mr. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” the study concluded.

Former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. had said that the hero’s burial is still in the planning stages.

Despite his proclaimed stance against corruption, Duterte has heaped praise on Marcos as the Philippines’ “best president.” He maintains close ties with the Marcos family, who supported his presidential campaign.

Duterte boasted that his father served in the Marcos administration and that he voted for Marcos.

“We call on President Duterte not to give a platform for the Marcoses to whitewash the crimes they committed. This man does not deserve any form of honor,” said Tinay Palabay, secretary general of rights group Karapatan.

Former lawmaker Satur Ocampo, tortured and imprisoned during martial law, said a hero’s burial for Marcos would not bring national closure as Duterte promised.

“Disunity will continue ... Duterte should not aggravate the injustice done to martial law victims.”

Bongbong thanks Rody

Marcos’ son and political heir, Marcos Jr., thanked Duterte for granting the family’s longstanding wish.

“Our campaign has always been toward achieving unity to move the country forward. And it is this kind of pronouncement that we hope could end the decades of divisiveness,” Marcos said on his Facebook page.

Let dead rest

Party-list Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate of Bayan Muna argues that since the late Ferdinand Marcos has long been buried in Batac, Ilocos Norte, his remains should stay there.

“We should not allow the unrepentant Marcoses to use the burial issue in advancing their revisionist lies on the blood-drenched legacy of the dictator,” Zarate explained.

“No amount of embellishment can whitewash the plunder, terror and grave human rights violations perpetrated during the reign of Marcos, a dictator and certainly not a hero,“ he argued.

Ifugao Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat also condemned the plan of the Duterte administration to bury the remains of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, calling it an insult to the real heroes buried there.

Baguilat said burying the late dictator on hallowed ground would dishonor the memory of the National Artists, former Presidents, war heroes and Filipinos who performed exemplary deeds for the country.

He added that he was taking it as a personal insult as his younger brother, Winston, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) who was killed in an ambush in Basilan, is buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“There is a reason it is called Libingan ng mga Bayani. It is for us to remember the people who sacrificed for their country, people like my brother. He died young but he died a hero. To put the former dictator in the same place where he is resting is an insult to his memory and an insult to the memory of the other families whose loved ones made similar sacrifices in the service of their country,” Baguilat said.

Baguilat said he opposes the directive of President Duterte as “Marcos had been found guilty of amassing ill-gotten wealth at the expense of the country, not to mention the rampant human rights abuses that he perpetrated under martial law. “

He added that these are grave abuses of power and authority that should be reason enough not to even consider burying him at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“What will it say about us as a country and as a people if we will just simply ‘move on’ as other people want and bury him as a hero? Does it mean now that we will honor those who have already been pr
oven to have wronged our people and our country?” he asked.

“This is not about moving on. This is about doing what is right and honoring the real heroes. President Marcos does not deserve a place there. There is no justification for it,” Baguilat said.

Closure on Marcos issue

Parañaque City Rep. Gus Tambunting, Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, and Deputy Speaker and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro said ex-President Marcos’ burial will finally put closure to the issue that divide the country for a very long time.

“It’s putting the matter to rest, literally, and hopefully, of course,” Tambunting said as House Deputy Speaker and Negros Occidental Rep. Mercedes Alvarez told reporters in a press conference that Republic Act (RA) No. 289 which allows former presidents to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“It is part of Filipino culture and belief that we bury the dead to allow the soul to rest in peace. Even our different religions – and those with no religion - believe in the tradition of respecting the body of the dead. There’s just something inside of us that moves us to let the dead have their final resting place.

Anything less is cruel and morbid. Let’s just follow the golden rule: Do not do unto others what you do not want them to do unto you,” said Nograles. Mario J. Mallari, Jason Faustino, Gerry Baldo, AFP

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FM buried in Libingan on September 18 By Marichu Villanueva (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 6, 2016 - 1:00am 660 41.3K googleplus5 3


All is set for the burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City on Sept. 18, his son and namesake, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., disclosed yesterday. STAR/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - All is set for the burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City on Sept. 18, his son and namesake, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., disclosed yesterday.

Their family has, in fact, started preparations for the interment rites that include military honors, according to Marcos.

He said President Duterte has given the go-signal for his family to finally bury his father at Libingan during a meeting with him at Malacañang earlier this week.

Yesterday, over lunch with selected editors, Marcos said he and older sister, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, have been coordinating with key officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that administers the heroes’ cemetery.

“My sister Imee is taking care of the rites in Ilocos because Ilocanos would get angry at us if they would not be able to pay their last respects to him. We’ll bring him first to Sarrat, then to Paoay, before taking him by plane for the burial here at Libingan,” he said.

Meanwhile, he has been coordinating with the AFP protocol and learned that aside from military honors – a 21-gun salute – and horse-ridden funeral cortege, they must conform with the tradition of burying the remains at exactly noon.

Asked by The STAR why Sept. 18 and not Sept. 11 or the birth anniversary of the elder Marcos, the former senator replied: “Because we want another day to celebrate, and not only on his birth or death anniversary.”

Marcos Jr., who ran but lost in the vice presidential race during the May 9 polls, told the editors that the lunch gathering was part of his “pasasalamat (thank you)” for the fair coverage of his campaign.

He came along with his wife, lawyer Liza Araneta-Marcos, and two of his three sons – Zandro and Simon.

Their youngest, Vincent, was not around.

Marcos is contesting the slim margin – 200,000-plus votes – by which he lost to Liberal Party (LP) candidate, former Camarines Sur representative Leni Robredo, in a protest filed before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

His lawyers lodged separate complaints against Smartmatic and the Commission on Elections before the lower courts all the way to the Supreme Court (SC).

During the campaign, then Davao City mayor Duterte and former vice president Jejomar Binay replied “yes” to a question on whether they would allow the burial of former president Marcos at the Libingan.

The issue was raised to all five presidential candidates – Duterte, Binay, Sen. Grace Poe, LP standard-bearer Manuel Roxas and former senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

A Marcos burial at Libingan has been vehemently opposed by human rights victims of the late dictator during the martial law regime and other critics.

But Duterte has been unperturbed over sentiments against the issue.

Prior to his official assumption into office at Malacañang, then president-elect Duterte dismissed criticisms on the commitment he gave to Marcos Jr. to make good his campaign stand to allow a Libingan burial for his father.

During the courtesy call at Malacañang last Wednesday by The STAR editors and reporters, Duterte praised Marcos as “the most brilliant president” that the Philippines ever had.

He lauded the Masagana 99 rice production program of the late president as trailblazing, among other long-range plans and programs that propelled the country to where it is now.


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“Ang ganda ng patakbo nya (he ran the country well), even in Mindanao, nasira lang ng asawa (it was just ruined by his wife),” the President said.

Though he did not name her, Duterte was obviously referring to Marcos’ widow, former first lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos, who has been reelected for a third and last term as representative of the second district of Ilocos Norte.

Duterte renewed his commitment for a Marcos burial last June 11 when Marcos Jr. flew to Davao City for a courtesy call.

“The issue on the burial of President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani has long created divisions among our people,” Duterte said after the June 11 meeting with the young Marcos.

“I will allow the burial of President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani not because he is a hero. He was a Filipino soldier, period. That can be arranged immediately,” Duterte said.

Marcos Jr. told The STAR he met anew with Duterte earlier this week to update him about the burial arrangements.

“We had a meeting from 10:30 in the evening up to 2 o’clock in the morning,” Marcos quipped.

The Libingan is dedicated as resting ground for slain AFP personnel, war heroes, former Cabinet officials, national artists and national scientists, and former presidents.

Three former Philippine presidents – Elpidio Quirino, Carlos Garcia and Diosdado Macapagal – are buried at the cemetery.

The remains of former president Marcos have been kept in a refrigerated glass-paneled crypt displayed at the family-owned mausoleum in Batac, Ilocos Norte. He died on Sept. 28,1989 at age 72 while in exile in Hawaii.

The Marcoses fled to Hawaii at the height of the February 1986 EDSA people power revolution.

Marcos’ remains were brought back to the Philippines on board a plane that landed in Ilocos Norte in 1993, during the term of former president Fidel Ramos, a cousin of the late president.

Aside from human rights abuses during the Marcos regime, the former president and his family were also charged in court with several cases of alleged amassing ill-gotten wealth while in power for almost two decades.

Some of the Marcos ill-gotten wealth stashed in secret bank accounts in Switzerland were later recovered by the Presidential Commission on Good Government.

The Human Rights Victims Claims Board, which validates and processes reparation claims for victims of rights abuses under the Marcos regime, will compensate valid claimants out of the P10 billion awarded to the Philippine government from the ill-gotten wealth in a Swiss account owned by the elder Marcos.

While they ran under different parties in the last elections, Marcos reiterated his support for Duterte’s administration “in any way possible.”

Duterte’s runningmate was Sen. Alan Cayetano while Marcos’ partner was former senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

The young Marcos is currently undertaking “pasasalamat” tours all over the country as he also seeks to explain the reasons behind his poll protest against Robredo, who is now part of Duterte’s Cabinet.


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VP Leni Robredo opposes Marcos burial at Libingan By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated August 8, 2016 - 3:18pm 6 366 googleplus0 0


Vice President Leni Robredo said she is strongly opposing the decision to bury former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Office of the Vice President/Released

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday said she is opposed to the planned burial of late former President Ferdinand Marcos' remains at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“We strongly oppose the decision to bury former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Robredo said in a released statement.

The vice president lamented the plunder, crimes and abuses attributed to Marcos during his decades-long regime as reasons that the late president does not merit a hero’s burial. Robredo said the interment of Marcos “will not bring unity to the country” as President Rodrigo Duterte, who made the Marcos burial a campaign promise, believes.

“How can we allow a hero's burial for a man who has plundered our country and was responsible for the death and disappearance of many Filipinos? Those who have greatly committed crimes and moral turpitude to the Filipino people cannot be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Robredo said.

“This decision will not bring unity to our country; it will only deepen the unhealed wounds of the survivors and family members of victims of the terrible years under [the] Marcos presidency,” she added.

Robredo further cited the alleged ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses and their cronies, some of which the government has already recovered. She said it is the older generation's responsibility to teach “children the heroism and sacrifice of our forefathers” adding that Marcos is “no hero.”

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“Furthermore, his heirs continue to deny that these sins against our people happened. They continue to have no remorse and still prevent the return of the wealth that they stole,” Robredo said.

The vice president made the statement following President Duterte’s announcement that he will fulfill his campaign promise to allow the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani since he is a former soldier and president. During his campaign, Duterte said the burial will unite the country, citing the Ilocanos’ clamor for it.

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Robredo on the other hand expressed opposition to the burial saying Marcos does not deserve to be buried at the national hero's cemetery.

The late president has long been kept at the Marcos Mausoleum in Ilocos Norte.

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Hero's burial for Marcos? What Philippine leaders have to say By Levi A. So (philstar.com) | Updated August 9, 2016 - 4:27pm 1 162 googleplus0 0


Former President Ferdinand Marcos will be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on September 18, a few days after the late dictator's 99th birthday anniversary. STAR/File photo

MANILA, Philippines — To have former President Ferdinand Marcos buried at the heroes' cemetery was a promise of President Rodrigo Duterte even during the campaign period.

At that time, he said that the issue is dividing the country and called on the public to unite and move on. He argued that the burial is a recognition of Marcos' service as a soldier and not a hero's burial.

But he also said he would consult with martial law victims first before pursuing this plan.

Two days ago, however, Duterte said he already allowed the burial of the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on September 18. He cited two reasons behind his decision: Marcos was a president and a soldier.

Many, including the president's allies, reacted negatively saying the Marcos regime was marked by extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and plunder, among others. They added that it would send the wrong message that you could commit human rights violations and still get a hero's burial.

Here are some reactions:

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon:

"We hope President Duterte, while he still has time, might reconsider his decision... There’s also a universal concern among the human rights victims about the message we will be sending to the current and future generations that it’s all right to violate human rights and you will be given hero’s burial."

National Historical Commission of the Philippines Chairperson Maria Serena Diokno:
"Marcos claimed he received the Distinguished Service Cross, Server’s Star and Order of the Purple Heart, but all of these are not true."

Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes:
"The majority of Filipinos will never cease their opposition to the burial. More shame will befall the Marcos family."

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo:
"Ferdinand Marcos is no hero. We should not forget his abuses of power."

Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes:
"Government should not use a single centavo of taxpayers’ money or any government resources for that matter, to honor one who plundered the nation’s coffers and violated human rights with impunity. Whatever the motives of Duterte in allowing the burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, it is certain that the Marcos family will use the occasion to whitewash the bloody record of the dictator and hail him as a hero."

Vice President Leni Robredo:
"How can we allow a hero’s burial for a man who has plundered our country and was responsible for the death and disappearance of many Filipinos? Those who have greatly committed crimes and moral turpitude to the Filipino people cannot be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani."

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III:
"If I were president I would not allow it. I don't consider him a hero... Actually the party (PDP-Laban) does not consider Marcos a hero, but we will respect the decision of our partymate."

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano:
"I see the point ni presidente na kung completely legal issue he's entitled to it. Pero yung pangalan kasi ng libingan ay Libingan ng Bayani. He had heroic moments during his life but we do not consider in totality heroic because of the things that happened to martial law. Unless palitan natin ang pangalan sa Libingan ng Bayani at Diktador."

Sen. Leila de Lima:
"Those concerned can always take some legal steps. The first thing that crossed my mind is some sort of an injunctive class suit of the families of the victims of abuses of martial law. If at all, it will be a novel case, a case of first impression."

Sen. Francis Pangilinan:
"Burying a murderer and a thief in the Libingan ng mga Bayani is not moving on, it is teaching our children to honor murderers and plunderers."


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Palace: No legal basis to block Marcos burial By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated August 9, 2016 - 6:30pm 7 63 googleplus0 0


A soldier walks behind a marker at the Libingan ng mga Bayani where past Philippine presidents are buried. EDD GUMBAN, file

MANILA, Philippines -- Efforts to block the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (heroes’ cemetery) do not have legal basis, Malacañang said Monday.

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo stressed that Marcos is qualified to be interred at the heroes’ cemetery as a former president and a war veteran.

“It’s a democratic country. Everyone is entitled to file [a] petition in court. But I don’t think there is a legal basis for that,” Panelo told reporters Monday in an interview.

“The regulation issued by the Armed Forces of the Philippines is very clear. Those who are entitled to be interred in the Libingan ng mga Bayani are, among others, soldiers and presidents so on the basis of that, the late President Marcos is entitled to be buried there,” he added.

Panelo also brushed aside criticisms that Marcos does not deserve to be given a hero's burial because of the alleged human rights violations committed during his presidency.

“It (law) does not distinguish whether president is good or bad, handsome or ugly. If you’re a president, you’re entitled to be buried there,” the president’s lawyer said.

“Since some people are against it for reasons of their own, they’re free to express their position and their dissent and the Constitution guarantees freedom of assembly. President Duterte, in fact, encourages it and won’t do anything to stop them,” he added. Move meant to bring closure Duterte has given the go-signal to bury Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, believing this would put closure to one of the most hotly debated issue in Philippine history. Marcos, whose 20-year presidency was ended by the historic 1986 People Power Revolution, is scheduled to be interred at the heroes’ cemetery on Sept. 18.

Human rights activists and Martial Law victims, however, believe the burial would send a wrong signal and would insult other heroes who sacrificed for the country.

Sen. Leila de Lima said human rights victims during the Marcos regime may file a class suit to stop the former president's burial.

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Malacañang officials did not provide direct answers when asked if Marcos would be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani as a hero.

“The word hero is a relative term. For others, Mr. Marcos may be a heel but to millions others, he is a hero. It depends on the perception,” Panelo said.

“Mr. Marcos was not charged with a crime of moral turpitude. If you’re referring to civil cases regarding estate, it is a civil case,” he added.

Pressed if Marcos would be interred as a hero, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella replied: “He will be buried. Thank you very much.”

“All I can say is this. According to the regulations that have been referred to, there are two reasons for him to be buried. He was an ex-president and he was a war veteran, so I think there is no reference on whether he is dictator or not. According to regulations, he is qualified,” he added.

In an interview with reporters in Davao City, Duterte said his debt of gratitude to the Marcoses is not the reason he is allowing the burial of the former president at the heroes’ cemetery. Duterte’s father Vicente was a Cabinet member of Marcos but his mother Soledad was a supporter of his political rival Corazon Aquino.

“Let's stick to the law. It's not about debt of gratitude to Marcos,” the president said.

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DND chief on Marcos burial at Libingan: I am just implementing presidential directive Published August 8, 2016 4:04pm By AMITA LEGASPI, GMA News


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Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday they are just following the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte in allowing the burial of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“Whatever I think is immaterial, I am just implementing a presidential directive,” Lorenzana said when asked on his thoughts on the Marcos burial.

He said that based on the criteria, such as being a former president, a World War II veteran, and a Purple Heart or wounded personnel in combat awardee, he thinks Marcos deserves to be buried at the Libingan.

“I have not included his medal for valor which is being questioned by some. Therefore, he is deserving to be buried at the LNMB,” said Lorenzana.

Arsenio Andolong, DND public affairs service director, echoed Lorenzana’s statement on the matter.

“Dito sa amin sa DND and AFP kung meron directive na coming from the commander in chief to implement an interment wala kaming magawa kundi sumunod…kapag in-order n’ya susunod kami,” he told reporters.

Lorenzana earlier ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines to undertake the necessary preparations for the burial of Marcos.

The AFP has been tasked to "coordinate closely" with the Marcos family regarding the date of interment, as well as the transport of the remains from Ilocos Norte. — RSJ, GMA News

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Marcos 'qualified' for hero's burial based on AFP rules – DND Rappler.com Published 11:25 PM, August 08, 2016 Updated 11:25 PM, August 08, 2016


'QUALIFIED.' The Department of National Defense says the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos is qualified to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Asked whether the late dictator should be disqualified due to 'moral turpitude,' an official from the Department of National Defense says that is up to 'legal authorities'

MANILA, Philippines – Aside from being a former president and a soldier, there are other reasons that make the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos qualified for burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery), said an official from the Department of National Defense (DND).

"For one, he was a former president. He was [also] a former secretary of National Defense, he was a former soldier, and he was a former world war veteran," DND Public Affairs Service Director Arsenio Andolong said in a press briefing on Monday, August 8.

"The AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) has very clear regulations regarding that... I believe based on these regulations, he is qualified," he added.

Various groups oppose a hero's burial for Marcos because of the massive corruption and human rights abuses during his regime. (READ: Worse than death: Torture methods during martial law)

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) also recently released pamphlets that refuted Marcos' supposed record as a World War II soldier.

On Monday, more government officials expressed disapproval of the plan to bury Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, with Vice President Leni Robredo saying he was "no hero." Two of President Rodrigo Duterte's allies at the Senate shared that sentiment.

Asked whether the late dictator should be disqualified due to "moral turpitude," Andolong said in a mix of English and Filipino: "That will have to be answered by the legal authorities because we only follow the directive coming from the commander-in-chief to us here at the DND and the AFP."

Despite protests, Duterte approved Marcos' burial at the Libingan. No final date has been announced yet, but the transfer of his remains from Ilocos Norte to the cemetery in Taguig City could take place in September, days after his 99th birth anniversary on September 11.

Preparations

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Sunday, August 7, ordered the AFP to prepare for Marcos' burial, citing "verbal orders" from the President.

According to Andolong, the AFP will take care of all the activities related to the interment. These include the ceremony, protocols, and the assignment of honor guards. The ceremony may allow for military honors but that has yet to be finalized, said Andolong.

The AFP is also tasked with beautifying and cleaning the burial site. Marcos' remains will be placed in the area where other former presidents lie.

ONLY 3 FORMER PRESIDENTS

Currently, there are only 3 former presidents buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani: Carlos Garcia, Diosdado Macapagal, and Elpidio Quirino.

Quirino was reinterred at the Libingan last February 29 during his 60th death anniversary. – Rappler.com


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Groups prepare to block FM burial in Libingan By Helen Flores and Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 9, 2016 - 12:00am 0 3 googleplus0 0


Even President Duterte’s allies are opposing his decision allowing a hero’s burial for former president Ferdinand Marcos. Jun Acullador/CC BY-ND, File

MANILA, Philippines - Even President Duterte’s allies are opposing his decision allowing a hero’s burial for former president Ferdinand Marcos, whose dictatorial regime they said was marked by plunder, killings, enforced disappearances and lies.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR), National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), Catholic bishops, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano yesterday appealed to Duterte to reconsider his decision.

CHR chair Chito Gascon said Duterte’s decision runs counter to the spirit of Republic Act 10368, or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013. The law provides compensation for human rights victims of the Marcos dictatorship.

“We hope President Duterte, while he still has time, might reconsider his decision,” Gascon told reporters.

“We in the commission are concerned on this decision primarily because it impacts the things that we need to do in terms of what we call transitional justice, that persons who commit atrocities against the people should be held accountable.

“There’s also a universal concern among the human rights victims about the message we will be sending to the current and future generations that it’s all right to violate human rights and you will be given hero’s burial,” he added.

Former president Benigno Aquino III, son of democracy icons Benigno and Corazon Aquino who fought the Marcos dictatorial regime, is contemplating what he can do to block the hero’s burial for Marcos.

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Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo and Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said they share the opinion of critics that Marcos does not deserve a hero’s burial simply because he was not one. They also believe that Duterte would regret his decision.

“The government should not use a single centavo of taxpayers’ money or any government resources for that matter, to honor the one who plundered the nation’s coffers and violated human rights with impunity,” Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes said in a statement.

“Whatever the motives of the Duterte administration in allowing the burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, it is certain that the Marcos family will use the occasion to whitewash the bloody record of the dictator and hail him as a hero,” he added.

‘Marcos’ US medals are lies’ NHCP chair Maria Serena Diokno also stressed that Marcos did not receive any medal for his role in guerrilla operations during World War II, contrary to what was claimed in some books.

“Marcos claimed he received the Distinguished Service Cross, Server’s Star and Order of the Purple Heart, but all of these are not true,” Diokno said, noting that the NHCP sourced over declassified documents dating back to 1945.

Last July 12, NHCP released its study titled “Why Ferdinand E. Marcos Should Not Be Buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.”

The study found that “Marcos lied about receiving US medals…The official websites of the US Medal of Honor, Silver Star and the Order of the Purple Heart do not list Marcos as a recipient of these awards.”

“His guerrilla unit, ‘Ang Mga Maharlika’, was never officially recognized and neither was his leadership of it,” as shown by radiograms and letters communicated between Marcos and members of the US Armed Forces commands, the study said.

The NHCP also noted that US officials did not recognize Marcos’ rank promotion from major in 1944 to lieutenant colonel by 1947.

“Some of Mr. Marcos’ actions as a soldier were officially called into question by upper echelons of the US military, such as his command over the Allas Intelligence Unit (described as ‘usurpation’), his commissioning of officers (without authority), his abandonment of US Armed Forces in the Philippines-Northern Luzon (USAFIP-NL) presumably to build an airfield for Gen. Roxas, his collection of money for the airfield (described as ‘illegal’) and his listing of his name on the roster of different units (called a ‘malicious criminal act’),” the study said.

“Marcos is certainly not ‘dishonorably separated’ from military service but suffered a worse or more dishonorable fate: that he was removed through the collective action of the Filipinos in 1986,” it added

Lawmakers, VP oppose hero’s burial Even two close allies of Duterte in the Senate opposed the move to bury the dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Pimentel said he would respect Duterte’s decision as they are party mates in PDP-Laban, but personally he was not in favor of it as the burial would be divisive.

Pimentel’s father, former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr., was among those who had opposed the Marcos dictatorship.

Cayetano, Duterte’s runningmate in the last May elections, said Duterte was aware of his opposition but it was good the President brought out the matter in the open.

“I see his (Duterte) point in the purely legal standpoint that he (Marcos) is entitled to it. He had heroic moments but not a hero in totality because of the things that happened during martial law. Unless we change the name to Libingan ng mga Bayani at Diktador, maybe that solves the problem,” Cayetano said.

‘Courts can stop hero’s burial’ Sen. Leila de Lima is also against the burial, saying those opposing it may be able to stop it through the courts.

“Those concerned can always take some legal steps. The first thing that crossed my mind is some sort of an injunctive class suit of the families of the victims of abuses of martial law. If at all, it will be a novel case, a case of first impression,” she explained.

She said it would also be possible to pass a bill that would set standards or requirements for those who would be allowed to be interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Even Vice President Leni Robredo is also strongly opposing the hero’s burial of Marcos.

In a statement yesterday, Robredo stressed that President Duterte’s decision allowing a hero’s burial for Marcos would not bring unity to the country.

“It will only deepen the unhealed wounds of the survivors and family members of victims of the terrible years under the Marcos presidency,” she said.

“How can we allow a hero’s burial for a man who has plundered our country and was responsible for the death and disappearance of many Filipinos?” she added.

Robredo noted that those who have greatly committed crimes and moral turpitude to the Filipino people cannot be buried at the heroes’ cemetery.

The Vice President also criticized Marcos’ heirs for continuously denying “that these sins against our people happened.” – With Rhodina Villanueva, Edu Punay, Delon Porcalla, Ghio Ong, Perseus Echeminada, Edith Regalado

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Opposition to Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani founded on hate rather than reason August 13, 2016by benign0 benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.

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After suffering their biggest defeat in Mar Roxas’s loss in the 2016 elections and the ascent of President Rodrigo Duterte to the presidency comes another blow to anti-Marcos activists.

The burial of former President Ferdinand E Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Burial Grounds) looms imminent. Despite this burial of a once-hated historical figure long coming, many activists are acting like they’ve been taken by utter surprise. Seeing the way they now kick up a monumental tantrum over this, one would think that this is an “outrage” sprung upon them out of nowhere.

For one thing, the burial of Marcos at the Libingan was a campaign promise of Duterte from the very beginning. It is reasonable to presume that this promise along with others he made during his campaign are bundled into the mandate given him by Filipino voters in this year’s elections. Interestingly, however, some of Duterte’s voters and supporters are opposed to Marcos’s burial at the Libingan.

Notable among Duterte’s supporters is former Secretary Rafael Alunan III who, in a 13th August Facebook post, appealed to Duterte to reconsider.

[…] we are protective of PRRD’s presidency; and any issue we see that could undermine his effectiveness and erode his political capital too early in the game compels us to speak out and point the way for his consideration and appropriate action.

The issue is not whether FM deserves to be buried there being a past president and soldier, but whether he meets the qualifications of a “bayani” out of respect for those who lived up to the standards of heroism till the end. His ouster as President and commander-in-chief speaks for itself, and the exception to the rule that disqualifies a candidate should apply here.

Indeed, the name of the cemetery that is at the centre of this circus does contain the word “bayani”, Tagalog for “hero”.

However, columnist Federico Pascual pointed out in a 24th April 2011 article published on the Philippine Star that this little fact may have caused unnecessary misconceptions about this revered burial ground. He quotes retired Brig. Gen. Rosalino A. Alquiza who, in an email to Pascual, cites AFP Regulations G 161-373, subject: ‘Allocation of Cemetery Plots at the LNMB,’ issued on 9 April 1986 by GHQ AFP under then AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Fidel V. Ramos and then President Corazon C. Aquino. In the email, Alquiza clarifies the matter:

The LNMB is a military cemetery (just like the Arlington Cemetery in the United States) intended primarily for military personnel and veterans. One does not have to be a hero to qualify to be buried there. Conversely, one acclaimed by some as a ‘hero’ is not entitled to be interred at the LNMB if he does not belong to any of the qualified categories.

What are these “qualified categories”? The AFP regulation is clear on what they are and includes this:

10. Former Presidents, Secretaries of National Defense, widows of former Presidents, Secretaries of National Defense and Chiefs of Staff.

Alquiza, in his email, further points out…

Marcos was neither dishonorably discharged nor convicted with finality of an offense involving moral turpitude. While he was charged with several offenses, he was never convicted. Thus, he died an innocent man.

Observers are beginning to note how the issue of Marcos’s burial at the LNMB has become one that is far out of proportion in the context of more pressing challenges being faced by the country and the administration of President Duterte. Indeed, it seems that it all really just boils down the notion of laying a dead man who was once President of the Philippines to rest and for Filipinos, as a people, to be the bigger persons in this “debate”. After all, the prevailing dogma being invoked by anti-Marcos activists and their shrill movement to block this burial revolves around just one side of history. This, however, is a side told by erstwhile political victors who have (along with their vintage 1986 people power narrative) now all but been discredited. As such, there is merit in considering the possibility that the side of the story that viciously demonises former President Marcos as well as his entire family was wrong or misconstrued for 30 years.

Fr. Ranhilio Aquino in his article Marcos should be buried at the Libingan published on the Manila Standard highlights this very notion as an important reason to reflect.

I do not want one version of history to be absolutized and enshrined as historical dogma. This is the version of those who oppose Marcos, because there is another version of the story (one which I favor) that maintains that he acted in his best lights, as the law and the system at that time allowed, and committed the sins and faults to which all of us must in one way or the other plead guilty!

My real question is this: What exactly is the opposition to his burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani? By what logic? By what philosophical principle? By what ethical norm? By what legal precept? By what equitable standard?

In short, we should not be taking positions on matters such as these on the basis of who makes the loudest and most emotional appeals. Underneath the noise is a reference point begging to be found that must serve as a foundation for a more level-headed, more intelligent, and, ultimately, more sensible discourse. It’s time Filipinos step up to that standard.


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Mixed emotions for Ilocanos as Marcos burial set in September (philstar.com) | Updated August 8, 2016 - 10:41am 74 555 googleplus0 0


All is set for the burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City on Sept. 18, his son and namesake, former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., disclosed yesterday. STAR/File photo

SARRAT, Ilocos Norte (Philippines News Agency) — Mixed feelings of sadness and excitement are drawn on the faces of some Ilocanos here as preparations are underway for the September 18 burial of the late former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Kept for the past 23 years in a glass coffin in a dim lit room of the Marcos mausoleum, his body will be transferred to a personalized casket the Marcos family prepared for him in anticipation for his burial complete with military honors at the Libingan.

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Like the customary Ilocano burial rites, his body will be brought to his birthplace in Sarrat, particularly at the Sta. Monica Church, the largest church in Ilocos Norte which then first lady and now Rep. Imelda Marcos helped restore after it was destroyed by a strong earthquake.

Later on, it became the setting for the grand wedding of Marcos daughter Irene and Gregorio Araneta.

Father Carlito “Joey” Ranjo Jr., parish priest of the Sta. Monica Church, said they expect the body to arrive at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 15. Then he will officiate a mass at 9 a.m. on the same day.

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According to Ranjo, an overnight prayer vigil will be conducted every hour to be participated by the different assigned local government units in the first district of Ilocos Norte including various interest public and private sectors who may wish to pay their last respect to the beloved son of Ilocos Norte.

During the wake, thousands of guests and visitors all over the country are expected to join the vigil.

“We are expecting a huge number of visitors so as early as now, we are quite worried how to handle all preparations,” said Ranjo, citing he has to receive the official schedule yet from the Diocese of Laoag.

After an overnight vigil in Sarrat, his remains will be brought to the UNESCO world heritage site of St. Augustine Church for another mass and prayer vigil on Sept. 16. A mass will be officiated by Father Manuel Lamprea, resident priest of Paoay Church.

Earlier, it was learned that Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos met with Bishop Renato Mayugba to discuss church preparations and burial ceremony in Ilocos Norte before the body of Marcos will be brought to the Libingan ng mga Bayani via the Laoag International Airport.

But some residents here are not happy with the latest development.

For the longest time since Marcos was kept lying at the Batac mausoleum, friends and loyalists from the different parts of the country occupy the busy streets of Batac, Laoag and Sarrat to celebrate with Ilocanos the Sept. 11 birthday anniversary of Marcos (this year is the 99th).

This year, Ianree Raquel, head of the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office said they have already coordinated with the different sectors the traditional Marcos fiesta, which comes with a series of activities such as the "sing and look-a-like contest" featuring the favorite love songs of Makoy and Imelda, essay writing and debate cup inspired by the life and works of the late president.

Earlier this month, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has unanimously approved on August 1 a resolution requesting President Rodrigo Duterte to declare Sept. 11, 2016 as a special non-working holiday in the entire province of Ilocos Norte.

On the same day, Raquel said a grand showdown featuring Marcos will be reenacted in Batac City but the specific theme is still being finalized.

“We don’t have yet the finality of the details but everybody is getting ready. A great deal of it is really coming into terms with the idea that he will be brought to the Libingan which is a very well appreciated gesture, a privilege and some would call, a right, which will finally be given to him and we are happy about it,” he said.

According to Raquel, some older Ilocanos and the tourism sector of Ilocos Norte, however, are saddened by this latest development.

"It’s a big deal that we have an increase foot traffic because of him. We cannot deny that he is helping in the livelihood of our tour guides, craftsmen and all other tourism stakeholders," he added.

"We can feel the sadness and hesitation from our elders but at the same time, they are happy that the present administration is [keen] towards giving him the burial honors that the family has longed for," Raquel said.

During his campaign, Duterte repeatedly said he is in favor of the burial of Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani despite criticisms. On Sunday dawn, the president announced that he will allow the burial of Marcos in the Libingan because he was a president and a soldier. — PNA/ By Leilani G. Adriano with a report from Philstar.com/Rosette Adel

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Marcos’ Burial At The ‘Libingan Ng Mga Bayani’ A Disrespect To History?

Marcos’ Burial – A group of anti-Marcos activists led by a running priest named Fr. Robert Reyes made a protest as a call on the Duterte administration who is planning to allow the burial of the late dictator, President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

In a report by Interaksyon, the group led by Fr. Reyes composed of martial law victims Claimants 1081 and Sanlakas members came together to make a protest discouraging Duterte’s early statement that he approves the burial of the late dictator.

“Pangulong Duterte, sana po’y igalang niyo po ang kasaysayan. Hindi po pwedeng baluktutin, hindi po pwedeng manipulahin ang kasaysayan at sasabihin nating tulad ng naririnig natin, yung madalas kay Bongbong Marcos, “The best thing that ever happened to my country is my father.”, Hindi po totoo yun,” said Reyes in an interview.

[President Duterte, please respect the history. History can’t be bent nor manipulated and say just like what Bongbong Marcos always say, “The best thing that ever happened to my country is my father.” That’s not true.]

Reyes expressed the message of the group saying that “only the true heroes” must be laid to rest at the Libingan nga mga Bayani and “fake heroes” must not be let in and are prohibited.

Reyes added that the group that’s with him is the said group of people who earlier came to put stones with the names of Martial Law victims to show their opposition towards Duterte’s plan.

Before, Duterte already said that he is okay to approve the burial of Bongbong Marcos’ late father at the Libingan ng mg Bayani. The new President and Senator Marcos are known to close to each other.

What can you say about the protests about the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani?

Are you in favor or not?


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