An agreement is a law between the parties – the Marcoses, represented by Roquito Ablan, and the People, represented by then Prez FVR. In 1993, they agreed that Macoy would be buried quickly in Ilocos. Prez Digong may have no right to divide us again needlessly by breaking a predecessor’s word. I wrote here on June 11, 2011:
“On Macoy and the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LMB), best to consult would be FVR, who authorized in 1993 to have Macoy come home on certain conditions, only one of which was met: direct flight to Laoag. Immediate burial, not met. Honors befitting a major, fine. So FVR advised Erap in 1998: do not trust the Marcoses. . . .
“. . . FVR I met last Monday [June 7, 2011] in his office, . . . Like Al Smith, . . . he in effect said: `Let’s look at the record.’
“In July, 1993, he approved Macoy’s return, straight to Laoag in early September 1993, and on September 10, interment. Mrs. Marcos said `burial rites [were]set on Sept. 10, . . . the eve of Macoy’s birth date. The Marcoses had requested simple funeral rites. . . .’ She said: `We are following whatever the government requirements are. We will follow the wishes of [FVR].’ Manila Bulletin, July 27, 1993. “Marcos will be given `military honors appropriate for a WW II veteran with the rank of major.” FVR would not attend the funeral. PDI, July 27, 1993.
“The Marcos family has requested simple funeral rites. . .” Journal, July 27, 1993. . . . The remains arrived on Sept. 7, 1993. No full military honors. . . . Manang Letty Ramos-Shahani represented FVR. . . . The air-conditioned mausoleum cost P4-M in 1993. Manila Bulletin, Sept. 8, 1993. . . .
“In 1998, [right after Erap had won]my ever-loving wife, Dulce, went on national TV saying she would ask her family to remove the remains of their father, a Bataan-Death March-and-Capas survivor, from the LMB, should FM be moved there [per Prez-elect Erap].
“This paper’s issue of June 22, 1988 headlined: `Army’s grave problem: Who Ok’d digging?’ It quoted me: `Human rights lawyer Rene Saguisag said it was strange that the construction of the burial site began during the term of a President who said he opposes the burial. The former senator said either [FVR] secretly approved the burial or Estrada was already calling the shots before the latter could take his oath. `Why are they obeying someone who is still an ordinary citizen?’ Saguisag asked. `Unless there is a conspiracy among Ramos, Estrada and the Marcoses’. Saguisag pointed out that it was impossible for military officials to act on their own and without approval from the executive. Walang makakapaglibing doon nang walang authority. . . . Sources said Mrs. Marcos has been visiting the gravesite three times a day to oversee its construction.”
“FVR denied ordering the construction, in a marginal note enfaced on the news item. He advised Prez-elect Erap to have Macoy `buried in Ilocos Norte to `heal the wounds’. . . .’ Erap `lashed out at Saguisag, saying he has no right to accuse him of being a dictator. He did listen and reflect, and backed off but I became his constant critic; . . . [until he fell in January 2001, and became an underdog who should not have to weep alone].
“FVR to Erap: Don’t trust Marcoses,” blared the June 25, 1998 Star headline, as they “reneged on an earlier promise to bury the former President’s body immediately after it was brought back. . . ..” See also the PDI, June 25, 1998, where FVR said “[h]e will not allow a hero’s burial for Marcos as long as he is President. . . .” It also noted that the IBP [Integrated Bar of the Philippines] “cited Marcos’ human rights violations and greed as it stood firm in its opposition to his burial at the heroes’ cemetery.” The IBP commendably persists in its opposition today.
The agreement between the Marcoses, through Rep. Roquito Ablan, and FVR, among people of honor, binds. A handshake suffices even.
One can only profit from a rereading of Tibo Mijares’s Conjugal Dictatorship of 1976 to be convinced that Macoy was no hero, beginning, per Tibo, with his murder of Nalundasan. Tibo himself was murdered. Raissa Robles’ Never Again starts off with the murder of Boyet, Tibo’s teenaged son, dropped from a military chopper and landing in Antipolo, “bloody, battered, head bashed in, [with]burn marks and dark bruises all over his body.” Ice-picked, and “[s]everal meters away. . . somebody found an eyeball.”
Who would have had the motive to murder Tibo (and Boyet)? Many. Tibo named names. Chapter X is entitled “The Loves of Marcos.” Imelda? Said to have some social disease by Tibo and who tried to hit “CS” with her handbag, “CS” was able to duck and Meldy hit someone else, who was promoted to head the PNB. p268. Or kin or friends of an ageing Cabinet member allegedly sued by one woman for “assault with a dead weapon.” p469. Tibo details Macoy’s romancing Dovey Beams.
Incidentally, I saw “CS” some time ago, ballroom-dancing. Still lovely enough for Imelda to remain jealous of.
Tibo called the New Society the New Scourge and Bagong Lipunan as Bagong Likuman. p188. How old is our drugs problem? No hardline bloody campaign against drugs has succeeded anywhere in the world. Not even in tough China. As long as money is to be made, not even a public execution like Lim Seng’s in January 1973, would deter.
One should not be named and shamed with information only from the accuser. Judge Navidad died years ago and should not have been named and shamed. Progress? Or decay? The best thinking of the Inquisition should have no place in 2016. Any campaign that is anti-poor, -obscure and -powerless I find disturbing.
Anyway, Tibo wrote: “[Y.S.] Kwong made the stunning revelation that Josefa Edralin [Macoy’s ma] was arrested in Arellano High School for having opium and heroin in her possession. Kwong even mentioned the name of the arresting officer as Telesforo Tenorio, then a detective but later . . . a chief of police of Manila. The suspicion was that Josefa was selling drugs to the students of the school where she was a teacher and librarian. According to Kwong, Josefa was able to either bribe or cry her way of out the incident.” P. 257.
Tibo, per urban legend, was dropped between Guam and Manila by Marcos’ minions. His son, Boyet, badly mutilated, was found in Antipolo very, very dead, in May 1977. Tibo had written his 1976 book in open defiance of Macoy and testified in the US Congress despite the attempt to bribe him with $100T dollars for silence.
Macoy’s father was supposedly executed by the guerillas, which I must have first heard from Abe Sarmiento, another GI (Genuine Ilocano, as Joma Sison is). What Solid North?
True, a K-9 dog was buried in Malacanang with honors, after serving the people, without plundering or abusing human rights.
An old man, Reinhold Hanning, a mere WW II Nazi prison guard, was convicted last June. South Korea and China again called on Japan to repent of its wartime past. Manila Bulletin, Aug. 16, 2016, p6, col. 2. Should the Jews, Koreans and Chinese forgive and forget as we are ordered to do by Prez Digong? The Marcoses are far from contrite. They have paid P10B to the human rights victims, but only as shoehorned by the Supreme Court on July 15, 2003.
Do we really need a DAVAO CITY WRIT LARGE? What may work for a million or two may not for 100M+ conejos. Will a city run by Mayor Sara Duterte and Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte, children of the new Emperor in Imperial Manila, mocking a constitutional State Policy, be a paradigm nationwide?
Still, we root for Digong to succeed. His success is ours. But, he should listen to others, not only Bongbong. Another Tuta ni Marcos is not in our country’s best interests, with all due respect.
Manong Eddie, pakipingot nga po ang mga tenga nina Digong at Sal Panelo; walang pagpitagan sa inyong salita at kasunduan.
Macoy is loved in the Ilocos and is safe from vandals there. Budget chief Ben Diokno should be asked the cost of guarding Macoy’s plot round-the-clock, in wind and rain, from some people even if their intent be only to place as epitaph, HERE A LAWYER LIES STILL.