• Loyalists troop to Marcos tomb

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    MARCOS loyalists trooped to the Libingan ng mga Bayani a day after the burial of their idol, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, as protests against the surprise burial died down on Saturday.

    Over 2,000 loyalists aboard some 50 buses and 40 private vehicles traveled all the way from the Marcoses’ bailiwick of Ilocos Norte to Taguig City, arriving as early as 7:30 a.m. or just hours after anti-Marcos rallyists dispered.

    Black marble tomb covering the crypt containing the remains of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, shown to the media for the first time on Saturday.

    Black marble tomb covering the crypt containing the remains of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, shown to the media for the first time on Saturday.

    Two Masses were offered: One at 8 a.m. and another at 10 a.m., with members of the Marcos family – former first lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos attending the second one.

    Security was tight, with staff members checking the number of passengers inside each vehicle to make sure that only members of pro-Marcos groups entered the military-run cemetery.

    For the first time, members of the media were allowed to go inside the “heroes’ cemetery” to take photos and videos, but no interviews were allowed.

    Unfazed by protests against the granting of a hero’s burial to Marcos, the former first lady extolled her late husband as a “a God-fearing man who dedicated his life to help the people and make our country great.”

    “It was a huge honor, he said, to serve the country as a president. But for him, the greatest honor is to serve as a soldier and not just offer his services, but also his life,” she told supporters.

    “I know that Marcos always sided with the truth and if you’re on the side of the truth, God is in your side,” she said.

    Marcos’ son and namesake, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

    Marcos’ son and namesake, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

    At high noon of Friday, ex-president Marcos was buried with military honors at the national shrine for heroes, nearly three decades after his ouster and subsequent death in exile in Hawaii.

    The burial drew numerous protests, with most voices coming from “millennials” and politicians, including Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo who likened the surprise ceremony to “a thief in the night.”

    Apologies for ‘private’ burial
    The Marcos siblings apologized to their loyalists for keeping the burial rites private. They assured supporters, though, that their patriarch got his last wish: a solemn and dignified burial.

    “Finally, we were able to give him what he wanted,” Ferdinand Jr. said.

    Former first lady Imelda Marcos

    Former first lady Imelda Marcos

    Governor Marcos mingled with the crowd shortly before leaving with the family by afternoon.

    Guillermo Regnon, a barangay chairman in Currimao, Ilocos Norte, said: “We just want to see the resting place of Marcos.”

    No rallies
    The Philippine National Police on Saturday said there were no rallies at the Libingan.

    “We have not monitored any anti-Marcos rally. However, in any protest, we will exercise maximum tolerance,” Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde, the National Capital Region Police Office director, said in a text message.

    Albayalde noted that under Batas Pambansa 880, “mayors are required to assign public spaces where people can protest freely. Without designation from mayors, all parks will be deemed freedom parks in their city.”

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    “Rallies in these places can be tolerated as we respect the freedom of assembly, provided that protests will be conducted peacefully and orderly,” Albayalde said.
    “In case protesters become unruly and violent, the full force of the law will be applied,” he added.

    Militant leaders have called for more rallies until the planned “#OccupyLNMB” event on November 30, the day the Philippines honors revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio.

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    9 Comments

    1. Idol Worship is Detrimental to Democracy, the Rule of Law and Human Rights (PPDA journalist Lai)
      The Philippines’ macho President will undoubtedly tone down his rhetoric during his four-day visit to China in a move that could shift Manila closer to Beijing and bring greater economic cooperation between the two sides. Duterte won the top office on the strength of his efforts to suppress drug trafficking, often at the expense of human rights, but Beijing is unlikely to bring up the question of rights in any talks with the Philippine leader. For the people of the Philippines, better relations with China may bring economic benefits, but other problems can only be resolved by carrying out reform of the constitution to limit the powers of government officials and put restrictions on their terms in office. For more details please see the Charter for Permanent Peace and Development.

    2. The SC has already decided. Just respect the decision. Each parties have given their opportunity to give their sides. Move on.

    3. Leodegardo Pruna on

      Leni, as vice president , should keep her mouth shut. She should instead look at the demise of her husband and who and what caused it. God bless the PHilippines.

    4. The Country’s hero has be laid to rest, long live our hero, god bless the Philippines. To the yellowtards, sour grasping won’t help your cause. To the paid followers, take the money, but join the marching truth. It’s all coming out in the washing. The lies of the yellow con merchants is unfolding. Don’t get caught on their Webb of lies. Ninoy Aquino an opportunist and a traitor, Cory the devil woman, Abnoy the retarded thief soon we will get rid of all the senatongs and the Tongressman when our saviour President Duterte separates the chaff from the grain in those two Chambers. After Delimaw, the rest of the crooks will follow.

    5. The children of the late strongman fulfilled his wish! He’s now in LNMB, isn’t ironic that the children of ninoy aquino never find the truth about his mysterious killer?

      • We all know who ordered the killing anyway. No matter what people say to the contrary. Truth is truth.

    6. Bonifacio Claudio on

      “Friends, Romans, countrymen, give me your attention. I have come here to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do is remembered after their deaths, but the good is often buried with them. It might as well be the same with Caesar. The noble Brutus told you that Caesar was ambitious… — for Brutus is an honorable man; they are all honorable men —… When the poor cried, Caesar cried too. Ambition shouldn’t be so soft. Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, and Brutus is an honorable man… And, no question, Brutus is an honorable man. I am not here to disprove what Brutus has said, but to say what I know. You all loved him once, and not without reason. Then what reason holds you back from mourning him now? Men have become brutish beasts and lost their reason! Bear with me. My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, and I must pause until it returns to me.” From Julius Caesar by W. Shakespeare

    7. To the Marcos Family: I salute you for fighting to the end to bring a just resolution on the burial of former president FEM. The pro Marcos crowds could have easily marched in the thousands and caused untold traffic woes during the interment but thank you for keeping this occasion private, dignified and solemn. I am so happy that you did not use this as an opportunity to advance personal and political interests. The country is fed up with necro politicians and the media that supports them.