Group eyes class suit to stop hero’s burial for Marcos

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A COALITION of human rights, civic and people’s organizations “of all shades of colors” is planning to troop to Rizal Park on Sunday to protest the hero’s burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, and is also eyeing a class suit to block it.

“Marcos was no hero,” the Coalition Against Marcos Burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani said in a statement, arguing that the late dictator had lied about having a distinguished war record.

Susan Quimpo of the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation, a nonprofit that maintains a monument to victims of Marcos’ Martial Law regime in Quezon City, described President Duterte’s decision to allow the burial as a historical reversal.

“If you (President Duterte) really want (national) healing, stop the burial,” Quimpo said as she recounted how she lost her siblings during martial rule.


Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman raised the possibility of filing a case at the Supreme Court to obtain an injunction on the burial.

Another option is a class suit against the Executive Secretary, the Secretary of the Department of National Defense and the chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Lagman said he was hoping popular opposition would change President Duterte’s mind.

He mentioned 12 “cardinal sins” of Marcos that make him unfit for a hero’s burial:

• declaration of Martial law to perpetuate himself in power;

• closure of Congress;

• stifling of dissent through the arrest of opposition and leftist leaders;

• emasculation of the judiciary;

• violation of people’s political, civil, economic and human rights;

• closure of media outlets, detention of journalists and suppression of press freedom;

• closure and takeover of private companies and public utilities;

• plunder of the economy and amassing of $30 billion in ill-gotten wealth;

• allowing cronies to enrich themselves;

• allowing the foreign debt to balloon to $28 billion in 1986 from $1 billion in 1965;

• gutting of the economy, resulting in “negative GDP growth”; and

• ouster as a tyrant by “people power,” with the Supreme Court barring his return.

Lagman also cited records from the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines from September to December 1972, showing at least 6,295 unwarranted arrests. The figure increased to 29,500 at the end of 1973 and to 92,607 by the end of the Marcos regime in 1986.

The Task Force also listed 5,531 cases of torture, 2,537 summary executions and 783 involuntary disappearances.

“Marcos’ having been a soldier and a former President is dwarfed, even nullified, by his 12 cardinals sins against the Filipino people. His day of reckoning is not at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Lagman said.

Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Tañada 3rd has authored a bill mandating the teaching of Marcos’ “sins” in schools.

Tañada said President Duterte should not call the move to give Marcos a hero’s burial as “historical justice.”

“Does he think he does not do a historical injustice here? All the claims of (Martial Law) victims’ relatives will not mean a thing,” he said.

At the Senate, Sen. Risa Hontiveros proposed a resolution declaring Marcos as unfit for a hero’s burial.

Security was beefed up on Tuesday at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig amid threats of protest rallies from groups opposing the Marcos burial.

In Davao City, President Duterte stuck to his decision to allow the burial.

“Because he was a president, period. [The Libingan ng mga Bayani] is for presidents and soldiers. Go ahead, attack Marcos,” Duterte told reporters.

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  1. PLUNDERER ililibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani? Ano ba naman tayong mga Pilipino, magpapaloko na naman tayo? TAMA NA!

  2. Martial law is constitutional.
    Why not blame Ninoy and his cohorts in the death of majority of the perceived victims of martial law?
    They were the one who brainwashed the kids to topple down the government. I say relatives of the perceived victims are barking at the wrong tree. Likewise, how about the innocent victims who died because of these perceived victims of martial law? Aren’t they entitled to justice? I say these happened to those perceived victims because they willed it. Do not blame Marcos for their faults. If there are some military who abused during that time, they are likewise subjected to disciplinary action. These victims killed themselves by listening and following Ninoy who only cares for himself. Isn’t Plaza Miranda Bombing not enough proof on what king if person is Ninoy? It’s either you are in the payroll of these oligarchs or just like Ninoy wh never minds to be a traitor just to pursue his own self interest. BTW, I was born in 1965 thus I lived and experienced life under Marcos time. Have experienced underground movement knocking at our doors at night asking to sleep over as if we have a choice to decline. Terror came from them and not from Marcos .

  3. Ituro din sa schools na noong panahon ni Marcos hindi laganap ang ENDO at hindi tayo nabu-bully ng China, MABUHAY ANG BAGONG LIPUNAN! at kamatayan sa kotong-komunista na pahirap sa bayan!

    • Dapat ituro rin sa schools how good RP was before marcos:

      Noong panahon ni Ramon Magsaysay (1953-57) maayos ang Pinas, hindi mahirap ang buhay, hindi baon sa utang ang Pinas.
      Noong kay Carlos Garcia (1958-61), maayos ang Pinas, hindi mahirap ang buhay, hindi baon sa utang ang Pinas.
      Noong kay Diosdado Macapagal (1962-1965), maayos ang Pinas, hindi mahirap ang buhay, hindi baon sa utang ang Pinas.

      Nang kay Marcos, nagsimula ang pagbagsak ng Pinas, humirap ang buhay, dumami ang mga Pinoys na kailangan pumunta sa ibang bansa para lang magkatrabaho, nabaon sa utang ang Pinas ng $26+ billion!

  4. Tumahimik kayo mga rallyista. iilan lang kyo kumpara mo sa tahimik na payag malibing c Marcos sa libingan ng bayani. Sawa na ang tao sa rally at protesta nyo sa nakalipas na 5 president tuwing kay Marcos ang topic. Kung maka human rights violation at pandarambong kayo, e di wla ng pwedeng malibing na president dyan. Cory – magnanakaw din, hacienda luisita massacre, mendiola massacre- hindi ba human rights violation yan? FVR, Erap, GMA, puro plunderer, Pnoy – mamasapano, DAF at Pdaf.

  5. These are the kind of people who are pulling the nation down. We are very sorry for you, there is no popular opposition for the burial of FEM in Libingan ng mga Bayani. Let him rest in peace. Move on na.

  6. blah blah blah blah…. No matter what data you will present, Supremo Duterto is undeterred in burring the former President to the LNMB. As he stated, you can use the street even for one month to conduct your rallies. May the force be with you

  7. Sick and tired of these undesirable follower of the yellowtard , corrupt Politicians and unlawful Filipinos who thinks they represent the voice of the majority ? Wish they would do their job as a public servant Instead of using their position to enrich themselves at the expense of the poor.

    • Loyalist/dutertards bayani daw si Marcos.akala siguro nila pag magnanakaw bayani tulad ni robin hood.Ha ha ha hik hik hik.Bayaan bayani si idol niyo dahil merong 2.4 billion hi ki hik .HA HA HA HAHA.

  8. jeff jaramillo on

    Considering that you are still alive, it means that the Martial Law regime was still considerate, otherwise, you would have been one of those killed.

    You people should admit that your number is so few compared to those who consider President Ferdinand Marcos a a HERO.

    Go to the streets and protest, shout to your might, we don’t care. You people are nobody! You are the perennial trouble makers.