MORONG, Rizal: Vice presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday said his father and namesake has the right to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes Cemetery) because he was a veteran soldier who fought during World War II and once the country’s leader.
“He was a decorated soldier and a former president. His bravery was recognized. He was president for some time. According to the rules, he has the right to be buried there,” the senator from Ilocos Norte told reporters.
He said his family is aware of the people and groups who are opposed to bringing to rest his father at the Libingan ng Bayani, including President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
“What are the rules for? The family has not changed our position. The rules have been established way before my father died. In fact, we have not done anything to promote our desire to have him buried there. But, we continue to hold on to that belief,” according to Marcos, who for the first time elaborated lengthily on his views on the issue.
He said they could have gone to court to have his father buried at the Libingan ng Bayani.
“We don’t want to go to court. We want to achieve that via the established rules. That’s our position and that will not change.”
The elder Marcos was president from 1965 until he was kicked out from Malacañang via the 1986 people power revolution.
He died on September 28, 1989 while in exile in Hawaii.
His body was brought home in 1993 and since then has been placed at a mausoleum in Batac City, his hometown in Ilocos Norte.
Marcos jokingly said he is feeling that he is running for president already since he is the constant target of criticisms of Aquino administration officials.
“Even my hair was recognized,” he said referring to the accusation of President Aquino that his gray hair was dyed black to make it appear he is still young.
What encourages him to pursue his candidacy, however, is the warm welcome of his countrymen everywhere he goes, the senator said.