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NOVEMBER 17 -INQUIRER PHOTO: LIBERAL PARTY Senator Risa Hontiveros INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES
If you believe everything said on social media, this senator and her actions would be the stuff of urban legends. In just a few days, the busy lawmaker “filed” a bill to delete the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos from history books, planned a hunger strike against his burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani, and sought, seemingly on a whim, to require the tattooed to cover their ink. But the real Sen. Risa Hontiveros said she has nothing to do with these frivolous, if not overly dramatic proposals, which do not even exist. The subject lately of online stories that exaggerate her advocacies, the neophyte senator hopes the public can separate fact from fiction, discern the genuine from the fake. READ MORE...

ALSO: VIRAL - American Professor Slams Sen. Hontiveros in Poisoning the Minds of Young Generation


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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Professor Mathew Hughes said Hontiveros action is a criminal offense as quoted in LA Times. “The Filipino people voted her as senator, not an activist who poison the minds of young generation by distributing black propaganda against the former president,” Hughes said. Hughes also added that the book is publised by a person who had personal grudge against the Marcoses, and not the voice of the Filipino people. “I think the Department of Education does not authorize to distribute such book that contains black propaganda. I think DepEd should ban the book and not allow any people, including a sitting politician to use students for their personal motives”, Hughes added.READ MORE...

ALSO Busted: Hontiveros seeks to increase salaries of rallyists and protesters? Not true at all!


NOVEMEBR 14 -Is Senator Risa Hontiveros proposing a bill to increase the salaries of employed rallyists and protesters? That is what an article shared by several Duterte and Marcos fan pages on Facebook has claimed. Facebook page Showbiz Government even accused the senator of being high on drugs, while the other fan pages mocked why Hontiveros would condone protesters who want to make a living out of rallying in the streets. While the article was picked up by the blog Du30newsinfo, which Meme Buster has earlier tagged for sharing fake and satire news, the article seemed to have originated from OKD2. We also noted OKD2 for sharing fake news, knowing that its disclaimer said: “In very rare cases, Okd2.com may publish some fiction to entertain our readers.” This meant that it’s up to the readers then to decipher whether what Okd2 is sharing is true or not.
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ALSO: EARLIER HEADLINE NEWS - Quezon City students receive anti-Marcos books (FROM PHILSTAR)


FROM PHILSTAR ---Copies of my book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, are flying off the shelves Sen. Risa Hontiveros and former chair Etta Rosales of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) led the distribution of an initial batch of 20 anti-Marcos books entitled “Marcos Martial Law Never Again” authored by Raissa Robles to senior high school students at the Quezon City High School yesterday morning. Hontiveros said that the book aims to educate the students on the bad things that happened during the martial law era. Hontiveros, who considers herself a martial law baby, said that they do not want the millennials to forget their “experiences, memories and the lessons” left by the dictatorship of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. “Ayaw namin na makalimutan nila or mabura ito or mabago ng ilang mga kababayan natin na may agenda na ‘wag nang malaman, ‘wag nang singilin ang accountability, mabaon sa limot ang ganitong karanasan (We don’t want some of our citizens with their own agenda to forget or erase nor change so that we won’t demand accountability and forget our experience),” she added. READ MORE...

ALSO: How senators voted on resolution against Marcos burial at Libingan (FROM THE INQUIRER)


Mar Roxas, Kiko Pangilinan And Risa Hontiveros Joined The Protest In Luneta Against The Hero Burial Of Marcos! “Let history judge us after today.”  This was how Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon concluded on Monday the discussion on Senate Resolution No. 86 expressing the sense of the Senate against the burial of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The resolution, filed by Senator Risa Hontiveros, did not get the approval of the chamber after it failed to get the majority of 20 senators present at the session hall. Only eight senators voted in favor of the resolution, six were against it while another six abstained from voting. READ MORE...

ALSO FULL TEXT: 'Failing the test of history' – Hontiveros on Marcos burial


NOVEMBER 10 -MARCOS BURIAL. Senator Risa Hontiveros says the ball is now in the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo from Senate PRIB
Several lawmakers called the Supreme Court's November 8 decision allowing a hero's burial for former President Ferdinand Marcos as shameful, horrible, and deplorable. Neophyte Senator Risa Hontiveros took a step further and delivered a privilege speech the same afternoon the ruling was promulgated. An activist in the 1980s, she has lately been going around, helping organize book readings for children to teach them about the evils of Martial Law. In her speech at the Senate, she said the ball is now in the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte, if he will stick to his original plan to allow the dictator to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery), or drop the plan altogether despite the High Court's decision. Below is the full text of Hontiveros' speech titled "Failing the test of history." READ MORE...


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TECHNOLOGY / HEADLINES: Senator Hontiveros ‘fake-zoned’ on social media


LIBERAL PARTY Senator Risa Hontiveros INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES

MANILA, NOVEMBER 21, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Tarra Quismundo - Reporter / @TarraINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 06:00 AM November 13, 2016 - If you believe everything said on social media, this senator and her actions would be the stuff of urban legends.

In just a few days, the busy lawmaker “filed” a bill to delete the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos from history books, planned a hunger strike against his burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani, and sought, seemingly on a whim, to require the tattooed to cover their ink.

But the real Sen. Risa Hontiveros said she has nothing to do with these frivolous, if not overly dramatic proposals, which do not even exist.

The subject lately of online stories that exaggerate her advocacies, the neophyte senator hopes the public can separate fact from fiction, discern the genuine from the fake.

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“I hope it will become the netizens’ second nature to fact-check the information they get online before sharing it. These days, it is worse to be fake-zoned, than be friend-zoned,” she said.

Last week, the website okd2.com published back-to-back stories on Hontiveros’ actions related to the planned Marcos burial at Libingan, which she has vehemently opposed.

One story quoted an anonymous aide of the senator saying she was planning to go on a hunger strike to convince the Supreme Court to reverse its decision allowing the dictator’s Libingan burial.

Another okd2.com story by a certain “May Topac” claimed that Hontiveros’ “obsession” against the Marcoses has driven her to draft a bill to remove the Marcos name from history books.

“I’m concerned that there are people and groups that intend to deliberately mislead the public. I’m not sure what their real intentions are, but they’ve come up with the most absurd stories,” Hontiveros told the Inquirer on Saturday.

These stories have been shared online. okd2.com, which claims to “publish only the most interesting news stories that our readers love to read,” posts a disclaimer that says “in very rare cases,” it publishes “some fiction to entertain our readers.”

“Sometimes it cracks me up, but what is worrying is that many people take this for gospel truth. So many people end up in the fake zone,” said Hontiveros.

In fact, Hontiveros has proposed bills that make sense to ordinary folks. One bill would double maternity leave from 60 to 120 days. Another seeks to raise nutrition support for Filipino children in their first 1,000 days of life. A third bill would give tax reductions as a form of reward to hospitals that do not require deposits from patients before providing them care or treatment.


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American Professor Slams Sen. Hontiveros in Poisoning the Minds of Young Generation


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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Professor Mathew Hughes said Hontiveros action is a criminal offense as quoted in LA Times. “The Filipino people voted her as senator, not an activist who poison the minds of young generation by distributing black propaganda against the former president,” Hughes said.

Hughes also added that the book is publised by a person who had personal grudge against the Marcoses, and not the voice of the Filipino people. “I think the Department of Education does not authorize to distribute such book that contains black propaganda. I think DepEd should ban the book and not allow any people, including a sitting politician to use students for their personal motives”, Hughes added.

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The Filipino people voted her as senator, not an activist who poison the minds of young generation by distributing black propaganda against the former president,” Hughes said.

Hughes also added that the book is publised by a person who had personal grudge against the Marcoses, and not the voice of the Filipino people.

“I think the Department of Education does not authorize to distribute such book that contains black propaganda. I think DepEd should ban the book and not allow any people, including a sitting politician to use students for their personal motives”, Hughes added.

Prof. Hughes taught Sociology at University of the Philippines – Diliman, from 1969 to 1973, and had been a member of MMST Board of Trustees shortly from 1973 to 1974 during the height of Marcos’ administration.

“The Duterte administration should seriously look into this. Hontiveros could face multiple charges like rebellion, abuse of authority, and sedition among others if this happens here US, japan, or in other democratic European countries. This is just unacceptable. Marcos Jr’s highly promising election result shows that the Filipino people does not need someone like Hontiveros to lecture them about Martial law. It’s clear that the Senator is using young people for personal interest”, Hughes said.

Hontiveros remains unresponsive on the professor’s comment. /Julia Balbacal – Bay Area, Ca/

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Busted: Hontiveros seeks to increase salaries of rallyists and protesters? Not true at all! Published on October 29, 2016Busted



Is Senator Risa Hontiveros proposing a bill to increase the salaries of employed rallyists and protesters?

That is what an article shared by several Duterte and Marcos fan pages on Facebook has claimed.

Facebook page Showbiz Government even accused the senator of being high on drugs, while the other fan pages mocked why Hontiveros would condone protesters who want to make a living out of rallying in the streets.

While the article was picked up by the blog Du30newsinfo, which Meme Buster has earlier tagged for sharing fake and satire news, the article seemed to have originated from OKD2.

We also noted OKD2 for sharing fake news, knowing that its disclaimer said: “In very rare cases, Okd2.com may publish some fiction to entertain our readers.” This meant that it’s up to the readers then to decipher whether what Okd2 is sharing is true or not.

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According to the Okd2 article on Hontiveros’ bill, the senator is proposing to help rallyists and protesters “make more money,” adding that these people are often neglected despite their role in fighting for justice. Hontiveros supposedly wanted to exempt activists from paying taxes and other government contributions.

Okd2 even quoted Hontiveros. “Gusto ko lang na mabigyan naman ng gobyerno ng pansin ang mga kapatid nating patuloy na lumalaban sa mga katiwalian at patuloy lumalaban para sa hustisya.”

The article also claimed that Hontiveros is planning on giving 70% of her salary to activists, noting that the senator earlier claimed to be a part of the group “when she was just six years old.”

“For now, the standard pay for each protester per day is P500. I want to make it P1,000 per rally and P5,000 for the organizers – all should be tax free,” Hontiveros was quoted by Okd2.

However, the senator denied proposing any bill for the improved salary of protesters.

In her official Facebook page, she posted her statement on October 21 regarding the issue, along with screenshots of the pages sharing the fake story about her supposed bill.

“I’m becoming a favorite of lie-peddling Facebook posts. Mag-google lang, bes,” Hontiveros said.

“Sahod po ng mga public health workers ang gusto ko itaas, hindi salary ng mga rallyista,” Hontiveros added.

In a separate Facebook post, Hontiveros clarified what her bill was all about.

“I am pushing for the full implementation and strengthening of the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers (RA 7305), particularly on its expressed provisions on compensation and other benefits. It is high time to upgrade nurses’ pay scale,” Hontiveros said during the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) National Convention.


PHILSTAR

Quezon City students receive anti-Marcos books By Robertzon Ramirez (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 27, 2016 - 12:00am 13 3060 googleplus2 0


Copies of my book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, are flying off the shelves

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Risa Hontiveros and former chair Etta Rosales of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) led the distribution of an initial batch of 20 anti-Marcos books entitled “Marcos Martial Law Never Again” authored by Raissa Robles to senior high school students at the Quezon City High School yesterday morning.

Hontiveros said that the book aims to educate the students on the bad things that happened during the martial law era.

Hontiveros, who considers herself a martial law baby, said that they do not want the millennials to forget their “experiences, memories and the lessons” left by the dictatorship of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

“Ayaw namin na makalimutan nila or mabura ito or mabago ng ilang mga kababayan natin na may agenda na ‘wag nang malaman, ‘wag nang singilin ang accountability, mabaon sa limot ang ganitong karanasan (We don’t want some of our citizens with their own agenda to forget or erase nor change so that we won’t demand accountability and forget our experience),” she added.

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The Philippines has achieved freedom in the last 30 years after the Marcos dictatorship through the EDSA People Power revolution.

Asked if the book could still influence the minds of students more than 30 years after martial law, Hontiveros said, “it’s never too late.”

She explained that it is the responsibility of every Filipino to tell the students what happened during the martial law years.

Hontiveros said that she would go around the country to distribute the anti-Marcos books in all public senior high schools nationwide in her six-year term.


She said that part of her salary will be used in the reproduction of the anti-Marcos book.

Meanwhile, a deceased retired Army colonel has included on his last will a wish that he shall not be buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani until the remains of the late president Marcos are also buried at the heroes’ cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Upon his death, former Col. Ildefonso Perez specifically wrote in his will “NOT TO BE BURIED” at the LNMB until the remains of Marcos was allowed to be interred within the same cemetery to answer for the “blood debt” to the former president for helping him and his brother survive in the Japanese concentration camp during the war. – With Perseus Echeminada


INQUIRER

How senators voted on resolution against Marcos burial at Libingan By: Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net / 10:37 PM November 14, 2016


Mar Roxas, Kiko Pangilinan And Risa Hontiveros Joined The Protest In Luneta Against The Hero Burial Of Marcos!

“Let history judge us after today.”

This was how Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon concluded on Monday the discussion on Senate Resolution No. 86 expressing the sense of the Senate against the burial of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

The resolution, filed by Senator Risa Hontiveros, did not get the approval of the chamber after it failed to get the majority of 20 senators present at the session hall. Only eight senators voted in favor of the resolution, six were against it while another six abstained from voting.

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The eight, who voted to adopt the resolution, included Hontiveros, Senate President Aqulino “Koko” Pimentel III, Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon, Bam Aquino, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Leila de Lima, Joel Villanueva and Grace Poe.

Drilon, Aquino, Pangilinan, and de Lima are all part of the Liberal Party (LP) while Hontiveros of Akbayan Partylist and Villanueva, ran under the LP-led senatorial ticket last May 9 elections. Pimentel, on the other hand, is president of PDP-Laban chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte while Poe is independent.

READ: Senate reso expressing sense vs Marcos burial fails approval

HONTIVEROS

Hontiveros explained that while the Supreme Court has recognized President Rodrigo Duterte’s authority to allow Marcos’ burial at the heroes’ cemetery, the Senate , as co-equal branch, could still weigh in on the issue.

“I voted in favor of the motion, I voted in favor of truth, on the side of history, and on the side of our real heroes,” she said.

DRILON

Drilon, who called for a vote on the issue, pointed out that the Senate, as a political body, has a prerogative to express its views on a political issue such as the Marcos burial.

“We maintain our respect on the Supreme Court as officers of the law but we can do so without being disrespectful and by voting on this resolution the sense of the Senate is no disrespect for the Supreme Court,” he said.

“Each of us exercises his or her judgment on this political issue and we place ourselves on the record where we stand. Therefore, let’s history judge us after today,”

PANGILINAN

Pangilinan said that the chamber in many occasions had made a stand on certain issues that had already been decided or pending at the high tribunal.

“It has been said that the beginning of the end of war is in remembering. And I believe the same goes for tyranny, oppression, and the violence and brutality of dictatorial rule. We must remember. We must not forget. And this resolution, precisely, is our way of not forgetting despite the ruling of the Supreme Court,” he said.

While she respects the SC’s decision on the issue, Poe said the Senate should also be allowed to express its own opinion.

“And what we’re doing in fact is stating our own personal beliefs in this matter,” she said.

LACSON

Senator Panfilo Lacson said he voted against the resolution “out of respect to the Supreme Court’s ruling.”

AGAINST

The five others who were against the resolution were Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Senators Richard Gordon, Manny Pacquiao, Gringo Honasan and Cynthia Villar.

The decision of the SC was also used as the basis of most of the six senators —Ralph Recto, Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, Sherwin Gatchalian, and Juan Miguel Zubiri, who abstained from the voting.

RECTO

While he believes that Marcos is not a hero, Recto said the court has already ruled that there was no grave abuse of discretion in allowing the former leader’s burial at the heroes’ cemetery.

“Siguro kaya sya pwedeng ilibing dun dahil sya ay naging dating pangulo, dating naging sundalo pero para sa akin hindi bayani ang dating pangulo,” he said.

“Now having said that, ako’y naniniwala din na ang pagiging isang bayani will be judged individually by every Filipino kung sya’y nasa puso nila bilang isang bayani at hindi kung saan sya nilibing,” Recto added.

ESCUDERO

Escudero said he abstained from voting to finally put an end to a 30-year-old debate on the issue.

“Thirty years na tayong nagkakahati- hati bilang bansa sa pagitan ng dalawang apelyido— Aquino o Marcos. Tama naman na siguro, sapat na ang panahon na ginugol natin para sa away at bangayan na ito,” he said.

“Tama naman na siguro na bigyan ng konting pansin, mas mahabang pansin at panahon yung nakakaraming kababayan na hindi po sikat ang apelyido na hindi po Marcos , hindi po Aquino ang apelyido,” Escudero said.

BAM AQUINO

But Aquino, nephew of former President Benigno Aquino III, said the issue was not only about the two families.

“Earlier we had the gentleman from Sorsogon talked about the Libingan issue as if it is framed by just two families, and to be frank, Mr. President, nahihiya ako kapag sinasabi na ito’y issue lang ng Aquino at Marcos,” he said, reacting to Escudero’s remark.

“Nahihiya ako sa libu-libong namatay, sa libu-libong nawala, sa libu-libong na-torture. Nahihiya po ako sa pamilya ng Senate President at sa tatay ng ating Senate President. Nahihiya po ako sa PDP Laban na binuo para labanan ang diktadura.”

The issue, he said, is a problem that has plagued thousands of Filipino families, who have been destroyed and broken apart until today by martial law.


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FULL TEXT: 'Failing the test of history' – Hontiveros on Marcos burial Rappler.com Published 10:32 AM, November 09, 2016 Updated 10:27 PM, November 10, 2016

'It is our duty as senators, as Filipinos, as students of history, to stand against this travesty and say – as has been said before – never again'


MARCOS BURIAL. Senator Risa Hontiveros says the ball is now in the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo from Senate PRIB

MANILA, Philippines – Several lawmakers called the Supreme Court's November 8 decision allowing a hero's burial for former President Ferdinand Marcos as shameful, horrible, and deplorable.

Neophyte Senator Risa Hontiveros took a step further and delivered a privilege speech the same afternoon the ruling was promulgated. An activist in the 1980s, she has lately been going around, helping organize book readings for children to teach them about the evils of Martial Law.

In her speech at the Senate, she said the ball is now in the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte, if he will stick to his original plan to allow the dictator to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery), or drop the plan altogether despite the High Court's decision.

Below is the full text of Hontiveros' speech titled "Failing the test of history."

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Mr President, I rise on a matter of personal and collective privilege.

I rise on behalf of Susan Quimpo, a prepubescent girl during the early years of Martial Law, who spent her weekends packing cooked rice for detainees at detention centers holding political prisoners. Five of her siblings were imprisoned during Martial law – all of them student activists belonging to the underground movement. Her brother Nathan was stripped naked and clubbed several times by his captors. Her brother Jan, and I quote from her book Subversive Lives, “had his head repeatedly immersed in a commode filled with urine, water was injected into his testicles, and his feet were doused then jabbed with live wire.” Jan Quimpo joined the ranks of the desaparecidos, and the last conversation Susan had with him was when he asked her to leave some dinner. Another brother, Jun, was shot in Nueva Ecija in 1981.

I rise on behalf of Sixto Carlos, now a jolly man in his 70s with ruddy cheeks and an easy laugh. He was arrested with no charges filed in 1978 and put under solitary confinement for two years. He was viciously beaten, had boiling water poured at him, and was hung from the ceiling from his handcuffed hands. In his own words, he said, “I was held on either arm by two men and the third man sat on my lap. The blindfold was removed and replaced by a towel on my face. They commenced to put water over the towel on my face. I had the sensation of drowning." This is what is known as waterboarding, an innocuous name for a torture technique so repulsive and dehumanizing.

I rise on behalf of Etta Rosales, former congresswoman and former chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights, who was repeatedly raped and tortured during Martial Law. She recounts her torture under the hands of her prison guards: “They tried to make me speak by burning me, pouring what felt like hot wax from a burning candle on my arms and legs. When that didn’t work, they tore off my clothes, pressed the barrel of a gun against my temple and played Russian roulette.” When she was elected congresswoman of Akbayan in 1998, she met one of her captors who had now become her colleague. “The last time I met you,” Etta said, with her trademark candor, “was in the military safehouse where I was tortured.”

I rise for them, and I rise for all the victims of Martial Law. Ako ay tumatayo sa harap ninyo ngayon alang-alang sa mga na-torture, mga pinatay, mga 'kinulong ng rehimeng Marcos. Ako ay tumatayo alang-alang sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay – mga magulang, asawa, at anak na inulila ng diktadura. Para po sa kanila ang resolusyon na ihahain ko sa Senado ngayong hapon.

I rise to tell them, during this winter of anxiety and uncertainty, that there are many of us who still remember.

I want to tell them that there are mothers like myself, who tell their outspoken millennials that their freedoms in social media did not come for free and that their counterparts in the '70s were being thrown in prison for speaking their mind.

Gusto kong ikuwento sa kanila 'yung mga guro sa mga paaralan kung saan ako nag-donate ng librong Never Again na nagsasabing sa sarili nilang kusa at pagpupunyagi, 'binabahagi nila ang kahindik-hindik na mga pangyayari sa panahon ng diktadura sa kanilang mga estudyante.

I want to tell them about the many young people I have met – so far removed from the stereotype of the uncaring, self-absorbed millennial – who ask me what they can do to fight the forces of historical revisionism that are at work and who assure me that the struggle to preserve our collective memory is a struggle their generation shares with ours.

Hindi ko po panghihimasukan ang pasya ng Korte Suprema hinggil sa paglibing ng dating diktador sa Libingan ng mga Bayani. We cannot second-guess its wisdom, even as we cannot imagine how it must be for Sixto Carlos, Etta Rosales, and the Quimpo family, who will live with the reality that the architect of their torture and the torture and death of their kin, has now been designated a hero. Habang 'tinuturo natin sa ating mga kabataan ang karahasan ng Martial Law dahil 'yun ang nakalagay sa Republic Act Number 10368, ililibing naman natin sa Libingan ng mga Bayani ang siyang naghasik ng karahasan na ito. Habang tayo ay nagbabayad ng danyos sa mga biktima ng Martial Law at sa kanilang mga pamilya, ililibing natin sa Libingan ng mga Bayani ang dahilan ng pagbayad ng danyos.

But we also know that the decision to give the late dictator a heroes’ burial lies ultimately in the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte. I call on the President to respond to the challenge of history and reject with finality all plans to give Marcos a hero’s burial. The Libingan ng mga Bayani is the designated place for Filipino soldiers, war veterans, and citizens whose contributions to the nation render them fit to be called heroes.

Given the long history of the Filipino people with tyranny and oppression, the Libingan has been created to honor the memory of our brave countrymen who fought for freedom and liberty even in the face of superior force, so that the present generation may remember and emulate their legacy. It should be the final resting place of heroes – a symbolism that is not lost on the Marcos family, who has been lobbying feverishly for his burial and, if our President is correct, even funded his campaign to secure this concession.

Mr President, in Germany, Adolf Hitler’s initial grave is now a car park in Berlin. Idi Amin, the Ugandan dictator notorious for maintaining torture chambers in Kampala, is not even buried in his own country. In Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic’s party pushed heavily for his burial in the Alley of the Greats, but was rebuffed. He is now buried in his hometown. In Haiti, Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, who brought Haiti to economic ruin, used voodoo legends to control his people and executed his political opponents, was denied a state funeral after his death. His grave in Port Au Prince is now in shambles. Pol Pot, known as The Butcher of Cambodia, was unceremoniously burned in a pile of rubbish. His cremation site in Anlong Veng is now a tourist destination and many Cambodians travel to the site to spit on it. Muammar Gadaffi’s body, after being displayed for 5 days by the new leaders of Libya, was laid to rest in a simple unmarked grave.

Ganito po tinatrato ang mga diktador sa ibang bansa, Mr President. Ang kanilang puntod ay hindi puntod ng parangal. Kung ito man ay bibigyan ng pansin, ito ay para magturo ng leksyon sa mga susunod na henerasyon. Ito ay para sabihin, “'Wag tularan.” Habang dito sa Pilipinas, ang mga diktador ay tinuturing na bayani at binibigyan ng parangal. At ang biktima ng diktador ay pinagdududahan at isinasantabi.

But, Mr President, it is not only for the victims of Martial law that I rise, for the generation of my parents and for my generation who have lived with the enduring wounds of martial law. I also rise for our younger generations – those who will only get to listen to the stories of our wounds, and who we hope will see in these stories our deepest truths. I rise for our millennials who will probably never meet Susan and her siblings, or Sixto Carlos, or Etta Rosales, but who we hope will realize that the heroes of Martial Law were young persons like themselves. Ang nagpabagsak sa diktadura ay katulad lang din nila, katulad din ng aking mga anak: masayahin, palabarkada, palatawa, may pangarap sa buhay. Ngunit tumalima noong hinamon ng kasaysayan.

Mr President, nagpasya na ang Korte Suprema. But no tombstone, no grandiose cemetery can change the fact that Ferdinand Marcos was not a hero. He was a plunderer, torturer, and a thief with a family now seeking to rewrite history to serve their interests. He coopted institutions – this Senate included – in order to consolidate all power to himself.

It is our duty as senators, as Filipinos, as students of history, to stand against this travesty and say – as has been said before – never again. Only then can we look back to the past with pride, and to the future with hope. Let us not fail the test of history. – Rappler.com


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