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MARCOS BURIED AT LIBINGAN IN 'SURPRISE' CEREMONY
[RELATED HASHTAGS: #MarcosNOTaHero vs #SalamatApo; Netizens on surprise Marcos burial]
[RELATED(2): Duterte to Filipinos after Marcos burial: Forgive]


NOVEMBER 18 -Philippine Navy sailors stand guard at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City, where the remains of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos were to be buried at noon on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV
The remains of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos were buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani at noon on Friday despite indications from petitioners opposed to it that they would appeal a Supreme Court ruling dismissing their petitions. Rumors of a planned burial spread on social media Friday morning, shortly before the burial was confirmed by Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO chief. Albayalde was later seen with Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. READ MORE...RELATED, HASHTAGS: #MarcosNOTaHero vs #SalamatApo; Netizens weigh in on the surprise Marcos burial...RELATED(2) Duterte to Filipinos after Marcos burial: Forgive! President hopes people “find a space’ for forgiveness...

ALSO Armed Forces: Instruction was to keep Marcos burial a secret
[RELATED: Marcos burial opponents troop to People Power Monument; Various protesters condemn surprise burial]


NOVEMBER 18 -Cops outside the locked gates to the Heroes' Cemetery where the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried in Taguig City on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Marcos was buried at the national shrine Friday in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony, police officials said, despite growing opposition after the Supreme Court ruled that one of Asia's most infamous tyrants can be entombed in the hallowed grounds. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo I
The Armed Forces of the Philippines was instructed to keep preparations for the sudden burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes' Cemetery on Friday under wraps. Brigadier General Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesperson, said the military was given very short notice on Thursday at exactly 5 p.m., which was followed by a "flurry" of activity and coordination. "There was no announcement regarding this internment in deference to the side of the family," Padilla said at a televised news conference at the Villamor Air Base an hour after the ceremony. "It was part of their request to put this in private and in confidentiality. So, in keeping with their wishes, even if it was made by an ordinary soldier we did our part," he added. READ MORE...RELATED,
Marcos burial opponents troop to People Power Monument Various protesters condemn surprise burial...

ALSO: While in Peru APEC summit, Duterte hopes Martial Law victims can find space to forgive
[RELATED: Duterte calls for sobriety; asks Filipinos to overcome differences]


NOVEMBER 18 -Protesters chant slogans as the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos is finally buried at the Heroes' Cemetery in suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Marcos was buried at a heroes' cemetery Friday in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony, police officials said, despite growing opposition after the Supreme Court ruled that one of Asia's most infamous tyrants can be entombed in the hallowed grounds. AP/Bullit Marquez
LIMA, Peru – President Rodrigo Duterte is hopeful that Martial Law victims would be able to “forgive and set free” those who hurt them as he maintained that the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani was a “personal decision” of the late dictator’s family. “Hopefully, both sides will exercise maximum tolerance and come to terms with the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos,” Duterte said in a statement read Friday by his spokesman Ernesto Abella here. “He (Duterte) further said that he hoped everybody would find a space in their hearts to forgive and to set free those who had hurt or injured them.” READ MORE...RELATED,
Duterte calls for sobriety; asks Filipinos to overcome differences....

ALSO: QUOTED - LP members react to hero's burial for Marcos
[RELATED: Amnesty - Marcos burial a betrayal of people's trust]


NOVEMBER 18 -Protesters display placards during a rally near the Philippine Supreme Court to await its ruling on whether to allow or not the burial of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes Cemetery Tuesday, Nov.8, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that former dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be buried at a heroes' cemetery in a ruling opponents say rolled back the country's democratic triumph when Filipinos ousted the strongman in a 1986 "people power" revolt. AP/Bullit Marquez
Members of the Liberal Party (LP) reacted negatively to the hero's burial for late President Ferdinand Marcos held on Friday at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Many, including Vice President Leni Robredo and Liberal Party Sens. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Bam Aquino and Risa Hontiveros expressed their disappointment and frustration, comparing the manner by which the dictator was buried to "a thief in the night." The ceremony took place over a week after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a hero's burial for the former president. READ MORE...RELATED, Amnesty: Marcos burial a betrayal of people's trust...

ALSO: SURPRISE CALL? Catholic church asks for respect, prayers for Marcos
("Kung tayo ay maka-Diyos, kahit na iyan ay diktador, basta patay na iyan, 'pagdasal natin ang kaluluwa niya. Ang katawan niya igalang natin," the prelate said.)


NOVEMBER 19 -Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles
The Catholic Church in the Philippines may have been a key factor in the ousting of former President Ferdinand Marcos, but after his surprise interment at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday, at least one of its leaders has called for prayers and respect for the late dictator.  In an interview with the Church-run Radio Veritas, Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said that while he understands the plight of the victims of the Marcos regime, he reminded Catholics that dwelling on hate is not being godly. "Kung tayo ay maka-Diyos, kahit na iyan ay diktador, basta patay na iyan, 'pagdasal natin ang kaluluwa niya. Ang katawan niya igalang natin," the prelate said. (If we are godly, even though he was a dictator, since he is already dead, we should pray for his soul. We should respect his remains.) READ MORE...

ALSO: By Sol JoSE Vanzi - Long journey ends


NOVEMBER 19 -BY SOL VANZI -NOVEMBER 19 -SURPRISE BURIAL — Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos is finally laid to rest Friday at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in what his family (in the background) said was ‘a simple soldier’s burial.’ Not a few were taken by surprise by the sudden burial of Marcos at the LNMB, which was announced by PNP NCRPO Director Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde at 9 a.m. and held at 12 noon. Marcos died while in exile in Honolulu on September 28, 1989, and the body was kept in a refrigerated crypt in Batac, Ilocos Norte, from 1993 until President Rodrigo R. Duterte, last July 11, allowed his burial at the LNMB. (Marcos Presidential Center) It had been a long journey for the man who ruled the Philippines from December 30, 1965 when he was likened to John F. Kennedy to February 25, 1986 when he was ousted as a dictator and kleptocrat. I really got to know President Marcos and his wife Imelda after they were forced into exile by the People Power Revolt in 1986. Taking a financial and professional risk, I flew to Honolulu to land the very first interview with the Marcoses in exile. The entrepreneur in me knew the interview could be sold to American, European and Japanese networks. During that visit, President Marcos was still well enough to walk into the kitchen and teach me the proper way to cook dinengdeng, an Ilocano dish. The Marcos couple and some 30 military officers, nurses and staff were stuffed into a modest 2-bedroom bungalow along the beach on Kalanianaole Highway. READ MORE...


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Marcos buried at Libingan in 'surprise' ceremony


Philippine Navy sailors stand guard at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City, where the remains of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos were to be buried at noon on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, NOVEMBER 21, 2016 (PHILSTAR) November 18, 2016 - The remains of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos were buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani at noon on Friday despite indications from petitioners opposed to it that they would appeal a Supreme Court ruling dismissing their petitions.

Rumors of a planned burial spread on social media Friday morning, shortly before the burial was confirmed by Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO chief. Albayalde was later seen with Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

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View image on TwitterView image on Twitter Follow Philstar.com ✔ @PhilstarNews .@pnppio chief Bato Dela Rosa is here along with NCRPO head Albayalde | via @jaebolando #MarcosBurial 10:14 PM - 17 Nov 2016 1 1 Retweet 2 2 likes

Chief Inspector Kimberly Molitas, NCRPO spokesperson, told Philstar.com that the police will handle perimeter security for the burial while the military will handle security inside.

Albayalde said in an interview on ANC that around 2,000 police and military personnel will provide security for the burial.


View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Follow Philstar.com ✔ @PhilstarNews Some Marcos loyalists coming from different provinces are already here at the LNMB #MarcosBurial | via @jaebolando 10:24 PM - 17 Nov 2016 2 2 Retweets 1 1 like

The burial, which was unannounced, comes on the heels of a Supreme Court decision dismissing petitions asking for it to be blocked for being illegal and for being an insult to the victims of human rights abuses during the Marcos administration.

The Supreme Court said that President Rodrigo Duterte, who promised during the election campaign that he would have Marcos buried at the military cemetery, did not break any laws or go beyond his authority by ordering the burial.

Former Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Satur Ocampo, jailed and tortured during the Marcos administration, and Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, who lost a brother during that period, had both asked the court to issue a status quo ante order to hold off the burial until appeals on the ruling were resolved.

The petitioners had 15 days from receiving copies of the decision to file motions of reconsideration.


Follow christina mendez @xtinamen Palace clueless over burial of President Marcos at 12nn today at the Libingan ng mga Bayani 10:32 PM - 17 Nov 2016 31 31 Retweets 42 42 likes

Duterte, who is abroad for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Peru, said that the opposition to the Marcos burial was just a fight between two families -- the Aquinos and Marcoses -- and that the rest of the country had simply been dragged along.

The Palace declined comment on the burial, saying the president had not left instructions about it.

The government is currently processing the claims of thousands of alleged victims of human rights violations during the Marcos administration. Qualified claimants are to be given reparations paid for by ill-gotten wealth recovered from a Marcos bank account that a Swiss court transferred to the Philippine government.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the money was ill-gotten wealth.

This is a developing story.

-- with reports by AJ Bolando, Kristian Javier

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#MarcosNOTaHero vs #SalamatAp: Netizens weigh in on the surprise Marcos burial 0 SHARES Share it! Updated November 18, 2016, 7:08 PM By MB Online

The polarizing issue of burying former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani reached climax when his family decided to inter him clandestinely on Friday, November 18.

Just like on November 8, when the Supreme Court effectively paved the way for the burial, netizens once again chimed in—split among Marcos supporters and those who denounce him and the atrocities during Martial Law.

For opponents, who felt they were blindsided, their recurring battle cry is #MarcosNOTaHero.

Even some celebrities chimed in on the controversial burial.

#MarcosNOTaHero (Anger)

Phats DC Tambong @itsmephats Magnanakaw hangang libing #MarcosNOTaHero #MarcosBurial

Follow DJ Chacha @mor1019chacha Disappointing. Kung ako hindi biktima ng Martial Law mabigat loob, paano pa mga nakaranas ng Diktadurya at karahasan noon.  2:34 AM - 18 Nov 2016 ·

Follow Enchong Dee @enchongdee777 I strongly stick to my statement before... marcos will always be a #THIEF #MURDERER #DICTATOR #marcosNotaHero 1:24 AM - 18 Nov 2016

Follow Ces Oreña-Drilon @cesdrilon Is the palace feigning ignorance? Nothing will happen without the order of #PresidentDuterte, c'mon. #MarcosNOTaHero 12:08 AM - 18 Nov 2016 There may be a lot of hate, but Marcos supporters are not backing down, showing respect and joy under the

hashtag #SalamatApo. (Peace)

BBM Nation United™ @BBMNationUnited #SalamatAPO Paalam FEM next is #Fight4BBM 3:11 AM - 18 Nov 2016

RSAR👓 @FranchescaErin #MarcosBurial finally 👏👏👏 3:15 AM - 18 Nov 2016

REAL KIRK @ArrezaKirk FERDINAND MARCOS A HERO #MarcosBurial 3:08 AM - 18 Nov 2016 Retweets likes

Follow Jimry Gapatan @jimryag Walang batas na nagbabawal ilibing sa libingan ng mga bayani si Ferdinand Marcos. #Finally #SalamatApo #MarcosBurial 1:43 AM - 18 Nov 2016 4 4 Retweets 2 2 likes Follow

Dawnalhene_4evez @AnalynAcob May you finally rest in peace. #SALAMATAPO 2:46 AM - 18 Nov 2016 Retweets 1 1 like Follow I ♥

Cam Briel⇞ @majesticmarz The late president Ferdinand Marcos, as a former leader of the Philippines, certainly deserved the burial. #SalamatAPO #MarcosBurial 1:35 AM - 18 Nov 2016

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Duterte to Filipinos after Marcos burial: Forgive! -President hopes people “find a space’ for forgiveness Published November 18, 2016, 7:27 PM By Elena Aben


This handout photo taken on November 17, 2016 and released by the official APEC Peru 2016 organisation shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (C) arriving at Lima's international airport to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. Top world leaders meet from November 17 to try to save their cherished free trade accords from feared extinction under US President-elect Donald Trump. STR / APEC PERU 2016 / AFP

President Rodrigo Duterte expressed hope that Filipinos, especially Martial Law victims, will find it in their hearts to forgive the former strongman, Ferdinand Marcos.

“Well, it seems to be a very raucous issue for the nation but I would like to pray that everybody would find a space in his heart for forgiveness,” Duterte said when asked about the surprise burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani upon the president’s arrival in Peru to attend this weekend’s 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

Read more: ‘Simple, private, solemn’: Marcos buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

The chief executive reiterated he was just being legally strict about the Marcos burial after the Supreme Court last week voted 9-5-1 to allow the former president to be laid to rest.

He also urged people who have been hurt or injured by the Marcos regime to file a case as an option instead.

But he stressed “You know, the sins cannot beset the children and liability is always personal. That’s a principle of law na sinusunod natin. Sana at the day of the burial, they might just want also to stretch more of their understanding of what happened to our country.”

According to Duterte, the issue has “divided the nation although not that widespread.”

“But you can be very sure that all the Ilokano-speaking people are really hurt, they are dismayed and it’s been there floating like a flotsam, we have to decide once and for all,” said Duterte.

“And me I was just being legally strict about it. President Marcos was a president for so long and he was a soldier. So that’s about it. Whether or not he performed worse or better, there is no study, there is no movie about it. It’s just the challenges and allegations of the other side which is not enough.”


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Armed Forces: Instruction was to keep Marcos burial a secret By Camille Diola (philstar.com) | Updated November 18, 2016 - 3:23pm 3 735 googleplus0 0


Cops outside the locked gates to the Heroes' Cemetery where the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried in Taguig City on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Marcos was buried at the national shrine Friday in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony, police officials said, despite growing opposition after the Supreme Court ruled that one of Asia's most infamous tyrants can be entombed in the hallowed grounds. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo I

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines was instructed to keep preparations for the sudden burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes' Cemetery on Friday under wraps.

Brigadier General Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesperson, said the military was given very short notice on Thursday at exactly 5 p.m., which was followed by a "flurry" of activity and coordination.

"There was no announcement regarding this internment in deference to the side of the family," Padilla said at a televised news conference at the Villamor Air Base an hour after the ceremony.

"It was part of their request to put this in private and in confidentiality. So, in keeping with their wishes, even if it was made by an ordinary soldier we did our part," he added.

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Burial of Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga... by philstarnews

Padilla said the AFP deferred to the "wishes of the Marcos family and the next of kin" in the lead up to Friday's ceremony.

"After all, sila po ang namatayan, hindi po kami," he said.

The instruction came from the Department of Defense, which relayed it to the Armed Forces.

The remains of Marcos, who was president and dictator from 1965 to 1986, were flown to the Libingan ng mga Bayani from Ilocos Norte by an Air Force helicopter.

Padilla said a military chopper carried the body of Marcos because no commercial chopper could accommodate the request.

He was quick to clarify, however, that the expenses would be paid for by the Marcoses.

The unexpected burial ceremony on Friday was described by critics as deceptive and triggered mobilizations in university campuses and various areas of Metro Manila.

"Like a thief in the night, the Marcos family deliberately hid the information of burying former president Marcos today from the Filipino people," said Vice President Leni Robredo, who supports President Rodrigo Duterte but criticized the Marcoses during and after the election campaign, said. Marcos and his family are accused of amassing billions in national funds and allowing human rights violations against thousands of dissenters under Martial Law. — Video reports by Efigenio Toledo IV and RP Ocampo

 
Student protesters against the burial of Marcos by philstarnews

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Marcos burial opponents troop to People Power Monument; Various protesters condemn surprise burial 0 SHARES Share it! Updated November 18, 2016, 7:47 PM By Vanne Elaine Terrazola and Chito Chavez

Anti-Marcos protesters trooped to the People Power Monument in Quezon City on Friday, November 18, after former president Ferdinand Marcos was clandestinely buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. (Camille Ante) | mb.com.ph Anti-Marcos protesters trooped to the People Power Monument in Quezon City on Friday, November 18, after former president Ferdinand Marcos was clandestinely buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. (Camille Ante) | mb.com.ph

Various protesters trooped to the People Power Monument, a tribute to the revolution that toppled former president Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, hours after the deposed leader was clandestinely buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday, November 18.

As of 6:00 p.m., around 500 individuals from various groups and universities gathered in the rally, which was initiated through social media and staged around 3:00 p.m.

ANGER OF FRUSTRATION

Zenaida Misque, one of the petitioners against the hero’s burial for the late dictator, lambasted the Marcoses for ignoring the 15-day court rule for petitioners to file their motions for reconsideration after the Supreme Court gave the go-signal for the burial.

“Winalanghiya nila ating judicial system… Ano po ang ginawa nila, ipinuslit nila, itinakas ang pagpapalibing,” she said.

The protesters called on exhuming the late president from his grave, chanting “Hukayin!”

They also slammed President Duterte for allowing the burial, calling him a “tuta” (lackey) of the Marcoses for what they believed is paying a debt of gratitude for the Marcoses’ support for his presidential bid.

Anti-Marcos groups now flock to the People Power Monument along EDSA. The move followed walk-outs and mobilizations by various groups and students.

At the Ateneo de Manila University, utility workers covered the university’s fence in black to mourn the Supreme Court’s decision that allowed Marcos’s burial while the school’s television billboard glaringly showed the words “Hindi Bayani Si Marcos (Marcos was no hero).

Numerous drivers blew their horns to acknowledge the anti-Marcos protesters request to join them in their strong opposition for the burial of the ex-president at the LNMB.

Protesters chant "Hukayin!"

Passing vehicles honk in participation to the rally @manila_bulletin 4:31 AM - 18 Nov 2016 Retweets likes However, a slight commotion occurred when a driver of a speeding SUV, presumably a Marcos loyalist, flashed a dirty finger at the Ateneo students while showing a placard with the words “Marcos pa rin.”

At the University of the Philippines, meanwhile, hundreds of militants tropped to Philcoa area and expressed their anger and displeasure over the Marcoses’ sneaky move.

Members of the militant group Courage assailed the Supreme Court nine magistrates who voted in favor of Marcos’ burial.


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Duterte hopes Martial Law victims can find space to forgive By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated November 18, 2016 - 4:50pm 3 33 googleplus0 0


Protesters chant slogans as the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos is finally buried at the Heroes' Cemetery in suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Marcos was buried at a heroes' cemetery Friday in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony, police officials said, despite growing opposition after the Supreme Court ruled that one of Asia's most infamous tyrants can be entombed in the hallowed grounds. AP/Bullit Marquez

LIMA, Peru – President Rodrigo Duterte is hopeful that Martial Law victims would be able to “forgive and set free” those who hurt them as he maintained that the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani was a “personal decision” of the late dictator’s family.


Duterte arrives in Lima, Peru, November 18, shortly before 1 p.m. (Manila time)

“Hopefully, both sides will exercise maximum tolerance and come to terms with the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos,” Duterte said in a statement read Friday by his spokesman Ernesto Abella here.

“He (Duterte) further said that he hoped everybody would find a space in their hearts to forgive and to set free those who had hurt or injured them.”

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Abella claimed that Duterte did not know when exactly the Marcos family intended to bury the former president.

“As far as I know he was not sure about exact date,” the president’s spokesman said.

“The decision to bury the late president Ferdinand Marcos today (November 18) is a personal decision of the Marcos family. We respect their choice of date for the interment,” he added.


'BATP' DE LA ROSA

When informed that Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa had said that Duterte knew that Marcos’ burial was underway, Abella replied: “Then he (dela Rosa) must know some things but as far as we know, the president was focused on the trip to APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) in Lima, Peru.”

Abella claimed Duterte only learned about the burial upon his arrival here Friday afternoon. He believes the president was “surprised” as he did not have a prepared statement on the issue.

“There was news coming from social media and so we talked with (presidential communications) secretary Martin (Andanar). I went to see the president, asked him and informed him this event happened and I said if he had a statement. It happened in regularity,” Abella said.


ABELLA

Abella claimed that the government merely extended assistance “in matters related to protocol and honors.”

When reminded that Duterte is the commander-in-chief of the military, which took charge of the ceremony, Abella replied: “As far as I know, there are agencies responsible for these matters…Actually at the end of the day, it’s a simple burial, you know. So, proper agencies actually addressed the matter.”

Abella also shrugged off notions that the burial was set while Duterte is out of the country so he can escape from the backlash it would cause.

“I’m sure there will be reaction whether negative or positive, whether he’s there or not. It is supposed that these are to be expected and respected. As far as I know, there is no direct conversations (with the Marcoses) regarding those matters. He is on his way and his attention is focused on the trip to Lima,” he said.

Despite the outcry over Duterte’s decision to allow the burial of Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery, Abella believes the president actually did a “courageous” act.

“I think it’s misguided to say that the president is doing a sneaky act. In fact, he has always faced all his situations square and fair. I did not say this is a minor affair but this is a thing of the past. It’s just putting an end to it and I think it’s a very courageous. The fact that he has allowed it is a courageous act already,” he said.

“In the past, he (Duterte) has said let history judge but I will do what is legal and the Supreme Court has ruled that it is.”

LEGAL, PEACEFUL PROTEST WILL BE ALLOWED

Abella said those opposed to the burial can hold protests as long as they are “legal, peaceful and in accordance with the law.” The presidential spokesman, however, hopes the Filipinos can move on “and build bridges” to build “strong relations.”

“In the more elevated sense of logic, he (Duterte) hopes the burial would set, you know bring about a cycle of healing for the Filipino people. It’s been a few decades and in fact practically a new generation has grown up not knowing about the Marcos years,” Abella said.

“Some people resent that statement about moving on but I believe it’s a reasonable thing to ask (for) the people do. After this event, they will set aside their differences and learn to build bridges that we might build strong relations,” he added.

Abella said Duterte would not be affected by the criticisms as he already anticipated that there would be protests against the burial. He also claimed that the president would not be distracted by the criticisms while attending the APEC summit.

When asked if he had any complaints during his long trip to Peru, Abella replied: “Hindi. Mukhang presko nga e (No. He even looks fresh).”

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Avatar Im a Troll • 20 minutes ago Duterte keeps demonstrating he is not for the people! he needs to be ousted! • Reply•Share › −

Avatar Joshua Tre Im a Troll • 5 minutes ago Maybe for people who are ignorant of history and who still want the Philippines to be stuck in a quagmire, to the few who still want to rule with their illegal activities then you are right he's not for those kind of people.

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Duterte calls for sobriety; asks Filipinos to overcome differences 0 SHARES Share it! Published November 18, 2016, 6:34 PM


Anti-Marcos protesters trooped to the People Power Monument in Quezon City on Friday, November 18, after former president Ferdinand Marcos was clandestinely buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. (Camille Ante) | mb.com.ph

President Rodrigo R. Duterte is calling for sobriety and understanding following the surprise interment of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and is asking both sides to exercise maximum tolerance to preserve peace and order, a Malacañang official said on Friday.

In a press briefing in Lima, Peru, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the President hoped that “both sides would come to terms with the burial of the former president,” as it is legal as the Supreme Court had so decided.

“The President also hoped that everybody would find a space in their hearts to forgive and set free those who have hurt or injured them,” Abella said.

Meanwhile, he clarified that the choice of interment date was the sole decision of the Marcos family and even the President only learned about it when he was informed upon their arrival in Peru on Friday.

President Duterte is in Peru to attend the 2016 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit.

“The decision to bury the late President Marcos today is a personal decision of the Marcos family and we respect their choice of date for the interment. The Supreme Court lifted the status quo ante order and allowed the burial of the remains and the President (Duterte) adheres to the ruling of the High Court,” Abella said.

He also said Malacañang understands that the burial of Marcos at the LNMB would elicit varied reactions, both positive and negative, from the public.

However, the Palace official stressed that the President would not impede the right to free expression and would let rallies take their natural course.

“We understand there is a segment of society against the burial at the LNMB. The President fully understands this and has allowed any form of mass action as long as it is legal, peaceful and in accordance with the law,” Abella said.

Through all these, he said that the President hoped that the burial would bring about a cycle of healing for the Filipino people in the years to come.

“It has been a few decades and in fact practically a new generation has grown up not knowing about the Marcos years. While we put things in perspective later, we certainly hope that the Filipinos would be able to move on,” President Duterte’s statement said.

Abella said that the President’s statement might be resented by some quarters at present but he said that overcoming present-day differences is the most reasonable thing to ask.

“I believe it is a reasonable thing to ask that, after this event, the people will set aside their differences and learn to build bridges that we might build strong relations. This is what President Duterte is trying to do. It is a difficult situation but we hope Filipinos may be able to overcome and build a strong and lasting nation,” Abella said. (PNA)


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IN QUOTES: LP members react to hero's burial for Marcos By Kristine Daguno-Bersamina (philstar.com) | Updated November 18, 2016 - 3:09pm 2 87 googleplus0 0


Protesters display placards during a rally near the Philippine Supreme Court to await its ruling on whether to allow or not the burial of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes Cemetery Tuesday, Nov.8, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that former dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be buried at a heroes' cemetery in a ruling opponents say rolled back the country's democratic triumph when Filipinos ousted the strongman in a 1986 "people power" revolt. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines — Members of the Liberal Party (LP) reacted negatively to the hero's burial for late President Ferdinand Marcos held on Friday at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Many, including Vice President Leni Robredo and Liberal Party Sens. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Bam Aquino and Risa Hontiveros expressed their disappointment and frustration, comparing the manner by which the dictator was buried to "a thief in the night."

The ceremony took place over a week after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a hero's burial for the former president.

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Petitioners against the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani planned to file a motion asking the high court to reconsider its decision.

Here are some reactions:

Vice President Leni Robredo

This is nothing new to the Marcoses - they who had hidden wealth, hidden human rights abuses, and now, a hidden burial - with complete disrespect for the rule of law. Once again, we strongly condemn the burial of the former dictator in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. As stated in several decisions from the Supreme Court, Ferdinand Marcos was a thief, a murderer and a dictator. He is no hero. If he were, obviously his family would not hide his burial like a shameful criminal deed.

Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon

The stealthy and hurried manner by which the Marcos burial was orchestrated is reminiscent of the dark days of martial law. The atrocities perpetrated during Martial Law succeeded because the citizenry was kept in the dark. Marcos betrayed the country for decades; we should not allow him to continue to do so up to this day. Like what Marcos did for 21 years, he caught us off-guard like a thief in the night. His burial is anything but noble. Even in death, he is a thief.

Sen. Bam Aquino

The manner by which he was buried speaks for itself. What more can be said? They remain deaf to the calls of the many Filipinos demanding justice for the abuses during the Marcos regime and remain numb to the pain of too many innocent victims of Martial Law. This is now part of our history - from Marcos and his cronies' grave abuses to the People Power Revolution, from his covert burial to today's protests and cries against a heroes burial for a Filipino dictator.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros

Hanggang dulo, nangnanakaw si Marcos. Ang kanyang pekeng hero's burial ay isang nakaw na sandali. Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan

Malilibing siya (Marcos) pero hindi ibig sabihin na mananatili siyang nakalibing dun...

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Amnesty: Marcos burial a betrayal of people's trust By Kristian Javier (philstar.com) | Updated November 18, 2016 - 4:03pm 2 110 googleplus0 1


Several Human Rights groups say the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos does not deserve to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani for the numerous and grave human rights violations committed during his regime. Philstar.com/File

MANILA, Philippines -- Amnesty International Philippines expressed its dismay at the government on Friday for its lack of diligence in taking decades to hold those responsible for grave human rights violations accountable.

The group added that by President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to bury Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani makes the military shrine a reminder that impunity still reigns and that the government continues to turn a blind eye to injustice.

"While the Philippine government continues to award reparation to those still living and recognize their heroism and sacrifices through the Human Rights Victims' Claims Board, it should not turn its back to a greater commitment of delivering justice to the victims which is beyond monetary," the group said. "This commitment includes not betraying the people's trust."

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Another rights group, Karapatan said in a press statement on November 11 that it condemns the nine Supreme Court justices who voted to allow the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

"The atrocities during martial law are more than enough reason not to bury him at any heroes’ pantheon. We are still paying for the billions of dollars of debt left by the Marcoses," it said.

Karapatan added that it will support the martial law victims in their efforts to attain justice, and will continue to educate the people, especially the youth, on the atrocities during martial law.

"We will continue to struggle for real social change, not only on the kind that rests on mere change of presidents and administrations, but based on the people’s aspirations for genuine freedom and democracy," Karapatan said.

A day after the Supreme Court handed down its decision, US-based Human Rights Watch said "the Philippine government should be seeking accountability and redress for Marcos’s victims rather than honoring the man ultimately responsible."

It also said doing so would also send a strong message to today’s violators of human rights that they too will face justice, even if it is a long time coming.


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Bishop calls for respect, prayers for Marcos Erik Tenedero, ABS-CBN News Posted at Nov 18 2016 10:36 PM


Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles

MANILA - The Catholic Church in the Philippines may have been a key factor in the ousting of former President Ferdinand Marcos, but after his surprise interment at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday, at least one of its leaders has called for prayers and respect for the late dictator.

In an interview with the Church-run Radio Veritas, Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said that while he understands the plight of the victims of the Marcos regime, he reminded Catholics that dwelling on hate is not being godly.

"Kung tayo ay maka-Diyos, kahit na iyan ay diktador, basta patay na iyan, 'pagdasal natin ang kaluluwa niya. Ang katawan niya igalang natin," the prelate said.
(If we are godly, even though he was a dictator, since he is already dead, we should pray for his soul. We should respect his remains.)

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He also insisted that the spirit of the EDSA Revolution will not fade despite Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

"Nagkasala siya. Hindi natin sasabihin na mabuti ang ginawa niya pero huwag naman natin siyang kamuhian ngayong patay na siya," Arguelles added. "
(He was a sinner. We are not saying that what he did was good, but we should not abhor him.)"

Instead of dwelling on hate, the archbishop called on the Filipino people to learn from the lessons of Martial Law, value freedom, and uphold democracy in the country.

"Paano, napakasama ng ginagawa natin sa kalayaan na ipinaglaban natin. 'Yun ang mahirap. Sa akin, we get what we deserve. Because we don't try our best na talagang i-value 'yung freedom na ipinaglaban natin," the prelate said.
(How did the freedom we fought for come to this? That's the hardest part. For me, we get what we deserve, because we didn't try our best to really value the freedom we fought for.)

'DISHONORABLE, DESECRATION'

But for Bishop Broderick Pabillo, auxiliary of the Manila archdiocese, Marcos' interment at the Libingan ng mga Bayani was a disgrace and very characteristic of the dictator's rule.

"This burial is dishonorable because they hide it from the people for fear of the people. It is characteristic of the Marcos rule–secretive," Pabillo said in a report from the CBCP News.

For Fr. Jerome Secillano, an officer of a CBCP committee, said Marcos will always be remembered as a "dictator, plunderer, and a human rights violator."

"With his burial, the Marcoses have desecrated the meaning of honor, nobility and heroism that are otherwise associated with the hallowed ground,” he added.

Before the surprise burial, CBCP President and Lingayen Archbishop Socrates Villegas had issued a statement slamming the Supreme Court's decision to allow Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Villegas served as secretary for the late Jaime Cardinal Sin, the late archbishop of Manila who was one of the first to rally Filipinos, by delivering a message over Radio Varitas, to go to EDSA in February 1986 for a people power revolt against the Marcos dictatorship.


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NOVEMBER 19 -SURPRISE BURIAL — Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos is finally laid to rest Friday at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in what his family (in the background) said was ‘a simple soldier’s burial.’ Not a few were taken by surprise by the sudden burial of Marcos at the LNMB, which was announced by PNP NCRPO Director Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde at 9 a.m. and held at 12 noon. Marcos died while in exile in Honolulu on September 28, 1989, and the body was kept in a refrigerated crypt in Batac, Ilocos Norte, from 1993 until President Rodrigo R. Duterte, last July 11, allowed his burial at the LNMB. (Marcos Presidential Center)

It had been a long journey for the man who ruled the Philippines from December 30, 1965 when he was likened to John F. Kennedy to February 25, 1986 when he was ousted as a dictator and kleptocrat.

I really got to know President Marcos and his wife Imelda after they were forced into exile by the People Power Revolt in 1986. Taking a financial and professional risk, I flew to Honolulu to land the very first interview with the Marcoses in exile. The entrepreneur in me knew the interview could be sold to American, European and Japanese networks.

During that visit, President Marcos was still well enough to walk into the kitchen and teach me the proper way to cook dinengdeng, an Ilocano dish. The Marcos couple and some 30 military officers, nurses and staff were stuffed into a modest 2-bedroom bungalow along the beach on Kalanianaole Highway.

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Every day for a week, the former president and I shot the breeze as there were very few callers allowed entry by the Secret Service agents guarding the beach house.

Marcos talked about the Americans, the bases, the accusations of hidden wealth, the Yamashita Treasure, his dreams for the Philippines and his desire to go back home.

There was a big demand from foreign networks for taped interviews with the Marcoses; I traveled to Honolulu several times with a video cameraman from 1986 to 1987, during which the president’s health problems gradually worsened to the point that video interviews were no longer feasible.

Wish granted

His last months were spent in a hospital, visited several hours a day by his wife who held his frail hands while singing Ilocano songs softly into his ears. He died peacefully on September 28, 1989.

Within a few days, his body was returned to the mortuary by mortician Frank Malabed, for proper re-embalming.

The body was temporarily interred in an above-ground tomb at the Valley of the Temples.

Mrs. Marcos was firm about returning home and burying her husband at the Libingan ng mga Bayani as he had requested in his will.

Malabed faithfully maintained the Marcos remains with monthly upkeep. In November, 1991, Imelda Marcos said goodbye to Ferdinand Marcos’ remains; she was on her way home to Manila to work on the homecoming of the entire family, including her husband.

After running for president in 1992, Imelda met with the winner, Fidel Ramos, and they arrived at an agreement.

One of the points agreed upon was the return of Ferdinand Marcos to the Philippines. Ramos stipulated that he be flown to Ilocos Norte and be buried there. Imelda decided to display Ferdinand’s well-preserved remains in a new mausoleum beside the family mansion in Batac town.

A glass coffin and refrigerated atmosphere, combined with classical music and man’s natural curiosity pushed the Marcos crypt to the top of the chart of tourist attractions in Northern Luzon. Thousands of tourists lined up daily to view the well-preserved body. The tourism boom helped small businesses in Batac.

The Marcos family has not announced any plans for the mausoleum and the Marcos Museum. Busloads of local and foreign tourists still walk around Batac town, shaking their heads at the missed opportunity to view one of the most famous preserved corpses in history.

At the Libingan ng mga Bayani, meanwhile, men in uniform patrol the grounds around a new tomb wherein lies a man who continues to affect the lives of many even in death.


BY SOL VANZI -Sol Jose Vanzi started her journalism career even while in college in 1963 as art critic of Don Chino Roces' WOMEN'S MAGAZINE, men's fashion writer for Daily Mirror, feature writer for the Saturday Mirror Magazine. The Proclamation of Martial Law in 1972 found her working at Malacanang as Broadcast Censor, a job she left to become Information Officer for the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and spokesman for Cultural Center of the Philippines under President, business mogul Fred Elizalde. Ted Koppel and Ken Kashiwahara finally convinced her in 1975 to cover the Philippines for ABC NEWS. In November 1991, she was the person behind the scenes of one of the biggest international news events of the year: Imelda Marcos' return to the Philippines from exile in the United States. Sol is currently in a self-proclaimed retirement Sol writes food (her lifelong passion), travel and human interest columns for the Manila daily newspaper TODAY, the weekly MIRROR Magazine, the inflight publication of Cebu Pacific, LIFESTYLE ASIA, and now the Philippine Headline News Online (PHNO). Recently Sol has resumed working as a foreign correspondent, doing reporting and research work for the Los Angeles Times, Voice of America, The Australian and Finland and Australian TV networks. She's also been commissioned to produce several episodes for the History Channel. She has covered six Philippine presidents from Diosdado Macapagal to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (PHNO NOTE: SOL IS CO-FOUNDER OF THIS WEBSITE (PHNO http://newsflash.org since 1997), ALONG WITH REY CAROLINO AND LEE QUESADA. (SOURCE: PHNO STAFF ARCHIVE)


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