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RODY: MARCOS BURIAL AT HEROES' CEMETERY LAWFUL, NO NEED FOR REFERENDUM
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AUGUST 13 -DUTERTE: Burying the remains of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani "doesn't mean he's a hero in the true sense of the word," President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday. He added that the law allows former soldiers and presidents to be buried there. Duterte added he would be violating the law if he didn't allow Marcos to be interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.GMA NEWS PHOTO FILE
DAVAO CITY -Consensus of the people through referendum is no longer needed to allow the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).This was clarified by President Rodrigo Duterte at a press conference at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City last Thursday night. “I will have to spend so many billions, because it would like be an electoral process to get the sentiments of every Filipino,” Duterte said. He added that there is no need to spend billions of pesos just to decide the matter of a burial of a president. “The law says ... it does not even mention of heroes. It simply says that if you are a soldier, and in another section of the law that says of presidents. So that’s the law,” the President stressed. He said that previous administrations should have passed a law prohibiting the burial of Marcos to the LNMB. The law is clear, Duterte said, that a soldier and a president can be buried at the LNMB. “Nobody is questioning about his being a hero. I am not dwelling on his exploits. Sabi nila wala daw sa (I was told there is none in the) congressional records (in the United States). But until when shall we depend on the records of another country to choose who will be buried there,” he pointed out. The President added that he would rather follow what the law says than what others are saying about Marcos’ records in the United States. “He has no medals recorded in the United States? Correct, I will admit that and I will assume it to be true. But why should I be dependent on the records of the United States? I am not a state (citizen) of the United States,” he added. The President said the Philippines has long ceased to be the vassal state of the United States – emphasizing “Tapos na yan (That’s finish), its history.” The President’s decision to bury former President Marcos at the LNMB was highly criticized by other sectors, particularly those who question the former President’s claims of heroism and war medals. “Forget about the medals. Just focus on whether he is a Filipino who fought for his country and is once upon a time the president. That’s the law,” Duterte said.  Meanwhile, the late strongman will be receiving full military honors fit for a president after all. READ MORE...RELATED, Victims of martial law seek TRO on FM burial... RELATED(2), Duterte firm on decision to bury Marcos at heroes' cemetery amid protests...

ALSO: ‘Yellows’during their admin should have banned Marcos from Libingan —Duterte
["That's a generic title because not everybody there is a hero. Yung iba nag-retire... but it does not mean that he really is a hero in the true sense of the word. Hindi naman lahat diyan medal of valor," he added. Duterte said he was sworn to implement the country's laws and not follow the political preferences of certain groups.]
[RELATED: Marcos to get military honors – Army]


AUGUST 11 -Past Aquino administrations should have passed a law banning the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday night. Duterte indicated that without such a law, he would have no basis in denying the dead president his burial at the heroes' cemetery. "Sana ginawang nilang batas, because of his despotic regime, Marcos should not be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani," Duterte said in a late night news conference at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City. Without such a law, Duterte asked, "What will be the basis in denying the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani?"  The late former Corazon Aquino was installed via the 1986 People Power Revolution that ended the Marcos dictatorship. Her son Benigno Aquino III, meanwhile, was president from 2010 to 2016. His father Benigno Aquino Jr., a staunch Marcos opponent, was slain in 1983 upon his return from exile to the Philippines, sparking widespread protests against the dictatorship. "Alam mo kasi kung ginusto nila ang they were already in power that time, mga yellow, dapat nagpasa sila ng batas na hindi pwedeng ilibing si Marcos when the guy was already in Guam in exile, they should have passed a law prohibiting marcos if ever comes home dead to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani," Duterte said. "That's a generic title because not everybody there is a hero. Yung iba nag-retire... but it does not mean that he really is a hero in the true sense of the word. Hindi naman lahat diyan medal of valor," he added. Duterte said he was sworn to implement the country's laws and not follow the political preferences of certain groups. —NB/JST, GMA News FULL REPORT RELATED, Marcos to get military honors – Army...

ALSO: Ramos on Marcos hero's burial: Let Congress decide
[RELATED: NEWS RELEASE - There is a Marcosian solution to their parochial problem – labor group]


AUGUST 13 -Former President Fidel V. Ramos on Saturday said Congress, being the 'representative' of the people, should decide whether former president Ferdinand Marcos should be buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (LNMB).
"I said officially let the people decide. Who are the people? Our representatives and senators now sitting in Congress, representing and belonging to [the] House of Representatives and the Senate," Ramos said during a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo. He also noted during the press conference that there is no need for a plebiscite or referendum to decide on the hero's burial for Marcos. The former president, who is appointed as special envoy to China by President Rodrigo Duterte, noted that Congress must make a resolution by a majority to make Marcos' transfer to the LNMB possible. "Eh kung hindi majority, anong will of the people?" he added. However, Ramos said that President Rodrigo Duterte has "the authority to do anything within the resolution and enactment of Congress beyond the authority given to him under the Constitution as Chief Executive and as Commander-in-Chief, so it’s up to him to decide." Duterte had ordered Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to tell the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to undertake necessary preparations for the late strongman's burial at the LNMB. READ MORE...RELATED, NEWS RELEASE: There is a Marcosian solution to their parochial problem – labor group...

ALSO EARLIER SWS: Pinoys divided on Marcos burial issue
[RELATED: Heroes' Cemetery -From Wikipedia]


MARCH 30, 2011 -Bongbong: 'Libingan burial to bring closure' -Photo posted by Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. on his Twitter account shows him with presidentelect Rodrigo Duterte after a meeting at the After Dark Piano Bar in Davao City early yesterday. PHILSTAR FILE...
Filipinos are almost equally divided on the issue of burying the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, according to a new survey by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS). The SWS said its first quarter 2011 SWS survey conducted between March 4 to 7 this year found a "virtually exact split opinion" between supporters and opponents of the idea. "To the survey question, 'In your opinion, is the body of ex-President Marcos worthy to be buried in the Heroes Cemetery or not?,' 50 percent answered Worthy to be buried in the Heroes Cemetery, 49 percent answered Not worthy to be buried in the Heroes Cemetery, and 1 percent had no answer," the SWS said.
The SWS said those who said Marcos is worthy to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani were further asked, "Do you think he deserves a burial with official honors or a private burial only?" Of these respondents, 30 percent said he should be "buried with official honors" and 20 percent said it should be a "private burial only." Marcos (September 11, 1917–September 28, 1989) died 21 years ago but has not been buried yet. After his 20-year reign as president ended in February 1986, Marcos died while in exile in Hawaii in 1989. His remains were brought home to the Philippines in 1993 and are being preserved in an airconditioned mausoleum in his hometown — Batac, Ilocos Norte. Marcos, who was ousted in the EDSA-1 People Power revolt in 1986, died in exile in Hawaii in 1989. READ MORE... RELATED, Heroes' Cemetery -From Wikipedia...

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AUGUST 10 -Filipino boxer and now Senator Manny Pacquiao delivers his "privileged speech" during the session of the Philippine Senate Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in suburban Pasay City. Pacquiao urged Congress to pass a law to restore capital punishment in the wake of the "War on Drugs" campaign by President Rodrigo Duterte. MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Manny Pacquiao delivered on Monday his first privilege speech after winning his first national elections in May. Pacquiao, a world renowned boxing champion, was not defending his title this time but his newly filed bills proposing the revival of death penalty in the Philippines.
FULL STORY: Pacquiao: From pro-life to pro-death The neophyte senator argued the Constitution has never prohibited capital punishment. He also quoted the Bible saying he found verses that recognize punishment by death. READ MORE. WATCH VIDEO...RELATED, Senator-elect Pacquiao on absences: I’ll do my best...


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Marcos burial at heroes’ cemetery lawful, no need for referendum — Digong


DUTERTE: Burying the remains of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani "doesn't mean he's a hero in the true sense of the word," President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday. He added that the law allows former soldiers and presidents to be buried there. Duterte added he would be violating the law if he didn't allow Marcos to be interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.GMA NEWS PHOTO FILE

DAVAO CITY, AUGUST 15, 2016 Written by Tribune Wires Saturday, 13 August 2016 00:00 - Consensus of the people through referendum is no longer needed to allow the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).

This was clarified by President Rodrigo Duterte at a press conference at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City last Thursday night.

“I will have to spend so many billions, because it would like be an electoral process to get the sentiments of every Filipino,” Duterte said.

He added that there is no need to spend billions of pesos just to decide the matter of a burial of a president.

“The law says ... it does not even mention of heroes. It simply says that if you are a soldier, and in another section of the law that says of presidents. So that’s the law,” the President stressed.

He said that previous administrations should have passed a law prohibiting the burial of Marcos to the LNMB.
The law is clear, Duterte said, that a soldier and a president can be buried at the LNMB.

“Nobody is questioning about his being a hero. I am not dwelling on his exploits. Sabi nila wala daw sa (I was told there is none in the) congressional records (in the United States). But until when shall we depend on the records of another country to choose who will be buried there,” he pointed out.

The President added that he would rather follow what the law says than what others are saying about Marcos’ records in the United States.

“He has no medals recorded in the United States? Correct, I will admit that and I will assume it to be true. But why should I be dependent on the records of the United States? I am not a state (citizen) of the United States,” he added.

The President said the Philippines has long ceased to be the vassal state of the United States – emphasizing “Tapos na yan (That’s finish), its history.”

The President’s decision to bury former President Marcos at the LNMB was highly criticized by other sectors, particularly those who question the former President’s claims of heroism and war medals.

“Forget about the medals. Just focus on whether he is a Filipino who fought for his country and is once upon a time the president. That’s the law,” Duterte said.

Meanwhile, the late strongman will be receiving full military honors fit for a president after all.

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This, as the Philippine Army yesterday announced that it had received the directive for the interment of the late President at the LNMB.

Col. Benjamin Hao, Army spokesman, said that the command received the directive, dated Aug. 9, 2016, on Wednesday.
“The Philippine Army is directed to provide all necessary military honors accorded for a President,” said Hao.

Hao said that the directive was signed by Rear Admiral Ernesto Enriquez, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Reservist and Retiree Affairs, J9, AFP, by command of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya.

“Based on the directive, the Army is required to provide vigil, bugler/drummer, firing party, military host/pallbearers, escort and transportation, and arrival and departure honors,” Hao said.

Hao said that the Army has designated a protocol officer to make lateral coordination with the family of the late former President Marcos on the details of the internment plan.

The Army, however, did not mention the exact date when would Marcos be buried at the LNMB.

Earlier, Hao said that coordination have already been made with the family of the late dictator regarding the burial site.
Reports earlier had said that the Marcoses are looking at Sept. 18 as the date of the transfer of the remains of the late President from his hometown in Batac, Ilocos Norte to Fort Bonifacio. Mario J. Mallari and PNA

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Victims of martial law seek TRO on FM burial By Rhodina Villanueva (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 14, 2016 - 12:00am 1 3 googleplus0 0


The victims, through their lawyers from the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), will file a petition for certiorari to secure a temporary restraining order and/or writ of preliminary injunction from the high court to stop the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. People Power Commission/Released

MANILA, Philippines - Victims of martial law yesterday announced plans to file legal remedies at the Supreme Court to stop the hero’s burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

The victims, through their lawyers from the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), will file a petition for certiorari to secure a temporary restraining order and/or writ of preliminary injunction from the high court to stop the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

President Duterte had allowed the burial and ordered concerned agencies to prepare for state honors.

“If such misdeed happens, it will be a grave injustice to the thousands of victims of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, illegal arrests and detention, torture and harassment perpetrated by the Marcos fascist regime,” said Trinidad Herrera, spokesperson of Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA).

“Marcos is no hero. He was a mass murderer, torturer and a plunderer. To confer national honors to Marcos is a defilement of the people’s historic struggle against the tyranny of martial law,” she added.

The group is also set to join the activities of Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacańang (CARMMA), including the protest motorcade to the Libingan ng mga Bayani next week.

“We reiterate our call to President Duterte to reconsider his decision to give such honors to a dictator, and instead hasten the process of indemnification of the victims and relatives. Even in the sunset years of our lives, we will continue to fight for justice for all victims of Martial Law and state fascism,” Herrera said.

Hero’s burial violates Ramos admin deal A hero’s burial for Marcos could also be a violation of a standing agreement between the Marcos family and the government under former president Fidel Ramos, according to former interior secretary Rafael Alunan.


FIDEL RAMOS -12th President of the Philippines; 2nd President of the Fifth Republic In office June 30, 1992 – June 30, 1998

The Ramos administration allowed the return of Marcos’ remains from Hawaii but under certain conditions.

Among these conditions were that Marcos’ remains will be flown directly to Paoay, Ilocos Norte from Hawaii; that he would be given honors befitting a major in the Armed Forces of the Philippines because that was his last rank in the AFP; that his remains would not be paraded in Metro Manila; and the burial will have to be in Ilocos Norte.

There will be no burial in the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani.

“Those were the conditions that were signed as an agreement. I think the agreement is still in the archives of Malacańang,” Alunan said.

The Marcos family demanded to have the remains of the dictator flown back to the country following his death in 1989 while in exile in Hawaii.

“We allowed the return of the remains because after all, he should not be forever detained in Hawaii and that is not his homeland and for this purpose, I assigned secretary Raffy Alunan to represent the government and with former representative Roquito Ablan acting on behalf of the Marcos family,” Ramos said.


His surviving family members were allowed to return in 1990; his remains in 1992, during the time of former President Fidel Ramos.

Asked if the hero’s burial will invalidate the binding agreement, Alunan said that being a civilian and not part of the government, he could not offer an answer on the issue.

MARCOS WISHED TO BE BURIED BESIDE HIS MOTHER

But Ramos stressed that the dying wish of the dictator was to be buried beside his mother, Josefa Edralin Marcos, in Paoay.

“As I understand it, the president (Marcos) expressed his wish to be buried beside his mother,” Ramos said.

Ramos said he has been proposing to the Arroyo and Aquino administrations to let the people decide on the Marcos burial through a joint resolution by both houses of Congress.

“Of course, the President has the authority to do anything within the resolution and enactment of Congress of the Philippines beyond the authority given to him under the Constitution as chief executive and as commander-in-chief,” Ramos said.

Panelo: support President’s decision Despite growing opposition, chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said Duterte’s decision “still stands” and called on the people to support it.

“The problem with this country is that its laws are not followed,” he said, referring to the regulations on who are allowed to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Duterte reasoned that Marcos was both a former president and soldier, thus falling within the category of those that can be buried at the heroes’ cemetery.

Panelo noted that Duterte is not violating any constitutional provisions in allowing the hero’s burial of Marcos because he is just following the regulations issued by the AFP.


PANELO

Panelo called on victims of Martial Law to put an end to the Marcos burial issue.

“I think it is about time we should put closure to this. It has been lingering…it has been pestering us in the last 30 years,” he added.

Duterte earlier said he would allow those who are opposing the burial to rally in the streets for up to three months.

Duterte also blamed the “yellow forces” for not amending the rules on who could be buried at the heroes’ cemetery when they were still in power.

“The President is just following and implementing the rules. He would even cuss at the police if they would not issue him a ticket for a traffic violation. That is the beauty of our current President,” Panelo said.

“Ano pa magagawa nila dun kung nakalibing na siya (what can they do if he is already buried)?” he added.

Panelo also cited a Social Weather Station survey that says 55 percent of Filipinos agree to have the dictator buried at the heroes’ cemetery.

The survey, conducted from Feb. 24 to 27 as reported by ABS-CBN, also said 59 percent of 1,800 respondents said Marcos deserved to “be buried with official honors” as against 41 percent who said that he should be given a “private burial only.”

The choice between a state burial and a private burial for the late strongman was one of the 80 questions asked of 1,800 respondents chosen from 18 different regions. The survey had a margin of error of plus/minus two percent.

Leni begs off from protest Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo will not attend the protest action in Rizal Park today against the hero’s burial of Marcos.

“VP won’t be able to go to the Luneta gathering (on Sunday),” vice presidential spokesperson Georgina Hernandez said.

The Office of the Vice President did not disclose the reason why Robredo begged off from the event.

On Friday, Jozy Acosta of the Coalition Against Marcos Burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani said Robredo has confirmed her attendance.

“We didn’t give a formal invitation to Ma’am Leni. We sent feelers since this is an open invitation for those who are willing to attend and from what I’ve heard she has confirmed her attendance just today [Friday],” Acosta was quoted as saying in a report.

Robredo, who is scheduled to attend a walkathon in Pasay City this morning, has vehemently opposed the burial of the former dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“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 of moral turpitude to the Filipino people cannot be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” she said in an earlier statement.

“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, who won by a hairline margin in the vice presidential race against former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., noted that the heirs of the former dictator continue to deny that the sins against the people happened.

“They continue to have no remorse and still prevent the return of the wealth that they stole,” she said. “It is our responsibility to teach our children the heroism and sacrifice of our forefathers. And Mr. Marcos is no hero.”

Other government officials supposedly confirmed their attendance to the activity, which will be held in protest of President Duterte’s decision to bury Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery.

The camp of Sen. Grace Poe, for instance, said yesterday that she has not confirmed her attendance, contrary to what the organizers said last Friday. – With Jaime Laude, Janvic Mateo, Giovanni Nilles, Robertzon Ramirez

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Duterte firm on decision to bury Marcos at heroes' cemetery amid protests By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated August 14, 2016 - 4:00pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


Protesters flash the thumbs down signa during a rally at Rizal Park to oppose the burial of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the "Libingan ng mga Bayani" or Heroes' Cemetery, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Manila, Philippines. It was the biggest gathering so far since President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the burial of Marcos with full military honors and with the opposition announcing its plan to file a petition with the Supreme Court. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is standing by his decision to allow the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani despite protests by groups who believe that the move would distort history and send wrong signals.

Hundreds of people staged demonstrations in Manila and other parts of the country on Sunday amid stormy weather to denounce the planned burial of Marcos, whom they described as a fake hero who condoned torture, executions and other human rights abuses.

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Critics of Duterte’s decision said interring Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery is tantamount to rewarding tyranny and would dishonor the real heroes who fought for freedom during Martial Law.

The president, however, is unfazed by the criticisms.

“The president has repeatedly said that he would allow any form of protest, like organizing mass actions against the (Marcos) burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani… The president’s stance, however, remains firm. There is clarity in the regulations governing the late President Marcos burial,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.

“The President shall therefore remain undistracted and it shall be governance as usual with his full and undivided attention in winning the war against drugs, criminality and corruption,” he added.


Martial law victims, lawmakers, artists, civil society groups, religious groups, students and concerned citizens gather on a rainy Sunday morning at the Luneta Park in Manila to appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his decision to allow the burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. TARRA QUISMUNDO / PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER

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Andanar said the protests are “consistent with his philosophy that criticism, good or bad, true or not, is part of the territory of governance in public.”

Last week, Duterte instructed his officials to start the preparations for the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The president said the interment would put closure to the issue and allow the country to move on.

While critics insist that Marcos is unfit to be interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani because of the human rights abuses committed during his presidency, Duterte believes the late leader is qualified as a former president and a soldier.

“Even if he is not a hero, he was a soldier. Even if he didn’t receive the medals, correct, but that is the record of another country. Why would I, in making a decision, refer to the records of another country? We have long ceased to be a vassal state of the United States. That’s over. It’s history,” Duterte said last Thursday, referring to US reports about allegations that Marcos made false claims about his war record.

“That’s the law! We cannot go out of the law. Nobody is questioning about his (being) a hero (or not). I am not dwelling on his exploits,” he added.


Scenes from the Citizens' Assembly against late president Ferdinand Marcos' Burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. MANILA, Philippines — Hundreds of Filipinos have rallied in stormy weather against President Rodrigo Duterte's approval of dictator Ferdinand Marcos' burial in a heroes' cemetery. The STAR/Epi Fabonan

A left-wing group is also planning to ask the Supreme Court to stop what it calls "grave injustice" to thousands of human rights victims.

Duterte said those who are opposed to the burial should have passed a law prohibiting the interment of Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery.

Various groups have vowed to ask the Supreme Court to stop the burial but Malacańang believes any effort to do so does not have a legal basis.

“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,” Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo told reporters last Tuesday.

Marcos, who was ousted during the historic 1986 EDSA Revolution, died of kidney, heart and lung ailments in 1989 while in exile in Honolulu, Hawaii.

His remains were brought back to the Philippines in 1993 and is now inside a glass coffin in a family mausoleum in Batac, Ilocos Norte.

 
DUTERTE ASNWERS QUESTIONS ON LEGALITY OF BURIAAL
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SELDA TO FILE TRO PETITIONI AGAINST MARCOS HERO BURIAL
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‘Yellows’ should have banned Marcos from Libingan ng mga Bayani—Duterte Published August 11, 2016 10:59pm By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News

Past Aquino administrations should have passed a law banning the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday night.

Duterte indicated that without such a law, he would have no basis in denying the dead president his burial at the heroes' cemetery.

"Sana ginawang nilang batas, because of his despotic regime, Marcos should not be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani," Duterte said in a late night news conference at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City.

Without such a law, Duterte asked, "What will be the basis in denying the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani?"

The late former Corazon Aquino was installed via the 1986 People Power Revolution that ended the Marcos dictatorship.

Her son Benigno Aquino III, meanwhile, was president from 2010 to 2016. His father Benigno Aquino Jr., a staunch Marcos opponent, was slain in 1983 upon his return from exile to the Philippines, sparking widespread protests against the dictatorship.

"Alam mo kasi kung ginusto nila ang they were already in power that time, mga yellow, dapat nagpasa sila ng batas na hindi pwedeng ilibing si Marcos when the guy was already in Guam in exile, they should have passed a law prohibiting marcos if ever comes home dead to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani," Duterte said.

"That's a generic title because not everybody there is a hero. Yung iba nag-retire... but it does not mean that he really is a hero in the true sense of the word. Hindi naman lahat diyan medal of valor," he added.

Duterte said he was sworn to implement the country's laws and not follow the political preferences of certain groups. —NB/JST, GMA News

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Marcos to get military honors – Army ABS-CBN News Posted at Aug 12 2016 03:29 PM

 

Ferdinand Marcos. Wikipedia

MANILA – Military honors will be given to the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos during his burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB), the Philippine Army said.

The Philippine Army said it has already received the directive for the interment of the late strongman at the said cemetery.

''Based on the directive, the Army is required to provide vigil, bugler/drummer, firing party, military host/pallbearers, escort and transportation, and arrival and departure honors,'' the Army said in a statement.

''The Philippine Army has designated a protocol officer to make lateral coordination with the family of the late former President Marcos on the details of the internment plan," it added.

President Rodrigo Duterte remained defiant in the face of mounting criticisms over his decision to allow a Marcos interment at the heroes' cemetery.

READ: Poe: Hero's burial for Marcos in conflict with new law

READ: Cayetano appeals to Marcoses: Bury Ferdinand in Ilocos

Duterte said Marcos was a former president and soldier, even if he was not a hero. He said this makes him qualified to be buried at the LNMB.

"The law is there existing. You read it a thousand times and you still arrive at a conclusion that he is qualified. Even if he is not a hero, he was a soldier," he said.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) guidelines allow former soldiers to be buried at the LNMB.

The Palace yesterday said no date has been set yet for Marcos' burial.


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Ramos on Marcos hero's burial: Let Congress decide Published August 13, 2016 7:24pm By JOHN TED CORDERO, GMA News

Former President Fidel V. Ramos on Saturday said Congress, being the 'representative' of the people, should decide whether former president Ferdinand Marcos should be buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (LNMB).

"I said officially let the people decide. Who are the people? Our representatives and senators now sitting in Congress, representing and belonging to [the] House of Representatives and the Senate," Ramos said during a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo.

He also noted during the press conference that there is no need for a plebiscite or referendum to decide on the hero's burial for Marcos.

The former president, who is appointed as special envoy to China by President Rodrigo Duterte, noted that Congress must make a resolution by a majority to make Marcos' transfer to the LNMB possible.

"Eh kung hindi majority, anong will of the people?" he added.

However, Ramos said that President Rodrigo Duterte has "the authority to do anything within the resolution and enactment of Congress beyond the authority given to him under the Constitution as Chief Executive and as Commander-in-Chief, so it’s up to him to decide."

Duterte had ordered Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to tell the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to undertake necessary preparations for the late strongman's burial at the LNMB.

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During the campaign period, Duterte promised that he will allow Marcos to be burried at the heroes' cemetery because the issue has "divided the country."

Return from Hawaii

Ramos said that during his term as president, he allowed Marcos' remains to return to the Philippines from Hawaii because "that is not his homeland."

"During our time 1992 to '98, you must understand that we allowed the remains of the late president Marcos to return to the Philippines under certain conditions because of the possible destabilization of the country, unless there were certain safeguards adopted," he noted.

The former president added that four conditions were set in exchange for the return of Marcos' body to the country to "make sure that the welfare of the people of the Philippines would be protected by the prevention of any angry or tension-filled people's movement."

"You will recall that he died in 1989, he came in 1992 medyo very fresh pa yung wounds ika nga of our People Power Revolution of 1986, which ejected the Marcos martial law regime," Ramos emphasized.

Former Interior secretary Rafael Alunan, who was tasked by Ramos along with then Cong. Roquito Ablan to negotiate with the Marcos family, told reporters the four conditions:

It is flown straight to Paoay He would be given honors befitting a major in the AFP because that was his last rank He would not be allowed to be paraded in Metro Manila The burial will have to be done in Ilocos Norte, there will be no burial in the LNMB "So those were the conditions...we signed an agreement, I think the agreement is still in the archives of Malacańang," Alunan said.

Ramos was chief of the defunct Philippine Constabulary from 1980 to 1986, during Marcos' presidency.

During the 1986 People Power revolution, he bolted the Marcos administration and pledged allegiance to President Corazon Aquino.

Ramos, elected president in 1992, served as Armed Forces chief and later on secretary of National Defense during the Aquino administration. —ALG, GMA News

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NEWS RELEASE FROM LABOR GROUP

NEWS RELEASE: There is a Marcosian solution to their parochial problem – labor group 8/13/2016 9:39 PM Juan Manggagawa To Juan Manggagawa Partido Manggagawa 14 August 2016


It is the Marcos family and not the whole nation that needs to move on by giving their dead a final resting place in Ilocos.

There is a Marcosian solution to a parochial problem – labor group

It is the Marcos family and not the whole nation that needs to move on by giving their dead a final resting place in Ilocos.

This was according to Partido Manggagawa (PM), one of the many groups that assembled today in Luneta to express opposition to the Palace-backed burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).

“Hindi sa hindi bayani” is the group’s stand against the plan of giving Marcos a hero’s burial at Libingan.

“The former dictator ruthlessly ruled and divided this nation for over two decades, thus, his burial at Libingan can never be considered a unifying action. It is the Marcos family that needs to move on in this issue by doing a simple and final act of laying their dead in Ilocos,” said the group in a statement sent to media.

This Marcosian solution, the group believes, is the proper way of disposing a parochial problem common to powerful oligarchs that rule this nation. “Consume your troubles as yours alone as the Filipino people have deeper problems to confront, many of which were in fact of your creation,” said PM.

The group likewise believed the presidential endorsement made by President Duterte cannot bring this issue to a final closure, saying his personal commitment to the Marcos family does not necessarily represent the unified sentiment of the Filipino people. ###


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SWS: Pinoys divided on Marcos burial issue Published March 30, 2011 4:35pm


Bongbong: 'Libingan burial to bring closure' -Photo posted by Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. on his Twitter account shows him with presidentelect Rodrigo Duterte after a meeting at the After Dark Piano Bar in Davao City early yesterday. PHILSTAR FILE...

Filipinos are almost equally divided on the issue of burying the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, according to a new survey by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The SWS said its first quarter 2011 SWS survey conducted between March 4 to 7 this year found a "virtually exact split opinion" between supporters and opponents of the idea.

"To the survey question, 'In your opinion, is the body of ex-President Marcos worthy to be buried in the Heroes Cemetery or not?,' 50 percent answered Worthy to be buried in the Heroes Cemetery, 49 percent answered Not worthy to be buried in the Heroes Cemetery, and 1 percent had no answer," the SWS said.

The SWS said those who said Marcos is worthy to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani were further asked, "Do you think he deserves a burial with official honors or a private burial only?"

Of these respondents, 30 percent said he should be "buried with official honors" and 20 percent said it should be a "private burial only."

Marcos (September 11, 1917–September 28, 1989) died 21 years ago but has not been buried yet.

After his 20-year reign as president ended in February 1986, Marcos died while in exile in Hawaii in 1989.

His remains were brought home to the Philippines in 1993 and are being preserved in an airconditioned mausoleum in his hometown — Batac, Ilocos Norte.

Marcos, who was ousted in the EDSA-1 People Power revolt in 1986, died in exile in Hawaii in 1989.

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While his body was brought back to the Philippines, it was denied burial at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani and remains in a refrigerated crypt in his home province of Ilocos Norte.

Opposition in Visayas and Mindanao

About 58 percent in Metro Manila and 54 percent in Balance Luzon support a Marcos burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, but 59 percent in Mindanao and 54 percent in the Visayas oppose it.

Opinions are split across classes, where 53 percent support and 46 percent oppose the idea in class ABC; 50 percent support and 49 percent oppose in class D or masa; and 51 percent support and 49 percent oppose in class E.

Those who favor a Libingan burial with official honors for Marcos include 34 percent in Balance Luzon, 32 percent in Metro Manila, 26 percent in the Visayas, and 24 percent in Mindanao.

Those who prefer having only a private Libingan burial for the former President include 26 percent in Metro Manila, 20 percent in Balance Luzon, 20 percent in the Visayas, and 16 percent in Mindanao.

By class, preference for a Libingan burial with official honors is 31 percent in class D, 29 percent in class ABC, and 29 percent in class E.

On the other hand, preference for a private Libingan burial is 24 percent in class ABC, 22 percent in class E, and 19 percent in class D.

The March 2011 Social Weather Survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults in Metro Manila, the Balance of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national percentages, and ±6 percent for area percentages applied to the survey. – VVP, GMA News -

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FROM WIKIPEDIA

Heroes' Cemetery -From Wikipedia

Heroes' Cemetery
Libingan ng mga Bayani
Philippines
Libingan ng Mga Bayani.jpg
National Military Cemetery
Used for those deceased
Established May 1947
Location 14.520°N 121.044°E
near Taguig City, Philippines

Heroes' Cemetery, also officially known as Libingan ng mga Bayani in Filipino, is a Philippine national cemetery within Fort Bonifacio (formerly the American Fort William McKinley) in Western Bicutan, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

It was established as a fitting resting place for Filipino military personnel from privates to generals, as well as Filipino heroes and martyrs.

Among those buried in the cemetery are most of the defenders of May 1942 (during World War II), and those who fought in various battlefields of the Allied Liberation of the Philippines from 1942 to 1945.

It also contains the national Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

It is established as the Filipino counterpart to the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, which houses the remains of United States personnel who died during the same war.

It was first established on May 1947 as the Republic Memorial Cemetery. It was then renamed to its current name on 27 October 1954 by President Ramon Magsaysay.

Philippine presidents Elpidio Quirino, Carlos P. Garcia and Diosdado Macapagal; Vice-president Salvador H. Laurel; national heroes of the Philippines; generals Artemio Ricarte and Carlos P. Romulo; Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Angelo Reyes; and senators Arturo Tolentino and Blas Ople are also buried in the cemetery.

On the cemetery's entrance it is written: "I do not know the dignity of his birth, but I do know the glory of his death."

In 2006, the cemetery's council started exploring alternative sites for annexes in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Only one has been completed so far, the PhP24-million, five-hectare extension at Camp Hernandez in Dingle, Iloilo.

Interment policy

According to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Regulation The Allocation of Cemetery Plots at the LNMB issued on 9 April 1986 by former AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Fidel V. Ramos and President Corazon C. Aquino, along with members of the military, the following persons are entitled to be interred at Heroes' Cemetery:

-Medal of Valor awardees
-Presidents or Commanders-in-Chief, AFP
-The secretaries of National Defense
-AFP Chiefs of Staff, General/Flag Officers, active and retired military personnel, and former AFP members who laterally entered/joined the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)
-Veterans of the Philippine Revolution of 1896, the First and Second World Wars, as well as recognized guerrillas
-Government dignitaries, statesmen, national artists and other deceased persons whose interment has been approved by the commander-in-chief, Congress or the Secretary of National Defense, and
-Former Presidents, Secretaries of National Defense, widows of former Presidents, Secretaries of National Defense and Chiefs of Staff

Former president Ferdinand E. Marcos are allowed to be buried at Libingan ng mga bayani because he is a former president although he is not consider as hero or even a soldier.

National Pantheon for Presidents of the Philippines

Republic Act 289 or An Act Providing for the Construction of a National Pantheon for Presidents of the Philippines, National Heroes, and Patriots of the Country created the Board on National Pantheon. The law was enacted on 16 June 1948. However, such a pantheon has yet to be erected.

Notable burials
-Elpidio Quirino, 6th President
-Carlos P. Garcia, 8th President
-Diosdado Macapagal, 9th President
-Arturo Tolentino, 9th Vice President
-Salvador H. Laurel, 10th Vice President
-Artemio Ricarte, Philippine Revolutionary Army Chief of Staff
-Carlos P. Romulo, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Senator
-Angelo Reyes, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff
-Blas Ople, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Senator


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Filipino boxer and now Senator Manny Pacquiao delivers his "privileged speech" during the session of the Philippine Senate Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in suburban Pasay City.

Pacquiao urged Congress to pass a law to restore capital punishment in the wake of the "War on Drugs" campaign by President Rodrigo Duterte.

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Manny Pacquiao delivered on Monday his first privilege speech after winning his first national elections in May.

Pacquiao, a world renowned boxing champion, was not defending his title this time but his newly filed bills proposing the revival of death penalty in the Philippines.

FULL STORY: Pacquiao: From pro-life to pro-death

The neophyte senator argued the Constitution has never prohibited capital punishment. He also quoted the Bible saying he found verses that recognize punishment by death.

Death penalty was among President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign promises and endorsed it as part of his legislative agenda. — Video by Senate PRIB; Editing by Efigenio Toledo IV

 
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EARLIER REPORT FROM RAPPLER.COM

Senator-elect Pacquiao on absences: I’ll do my best Paterno Esmaquel II @paterno_ii Published 6:23 PM, May 19, 2016 Updated 3:53 AM, May 20, 2016


Senator-elect Manny Pacquiao explains why he can’t promise perfect attendance at the Senate


MANILA, Philippines – Infamous for his absences from the House of Representatives, Senator-elect Manny Pacquiao vowed on Thursday, May 19, to do his best to regularly attend sessions at the Senate.

Asked if he can promise never to be absent at the Senate, Pacquiao told reporters: "Hindi yata tama ang mangako ka, as a Christian. Gagawin natin lahat ng ating makakaya." (It’s not right to make a promise, as a Christian. We will do our best.)

Pacquiao explained, "'Pag nangako ka, for example, nangako ka na perfect attendance ka, tapos let’s say nagkasakit ka, hindi mo na natupad ang pangako mo."

(If you promise, for example, that you will have a perfect attendance, and you get sick, then you fail to fulfill your promise.)

The Commission on Elections (Comelec), sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, proclaimed Pacquiao on Thursday as one of 12 new senators.

Pacquiao got the 7th highest number of votes – 16.05 million.

Before winning as senator, the 37-year-old boxer already served for two terms as Sarangani congressman.

Pacquiao was known for barely attending sessions at the House of Representatives.

In 2014, for instance, Pacquiao reportedly attended sessions at the House of Representatives for only 4 times. – Rappler.com


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