Marcos hero’s burial will not heal nation – CEAP

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THORNY ISSUE Former First Lady Imelda Marcos stands near her husband’s glass coffin. The photo was posted by Mrs. Marcos in her Facebook account amid growing public opposition to the burial of former president Ferdinan Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

THORNY ISSUE Former First Lady Imelda Marcos stands near her husband’s glass coffin. The photo was posted by Mrs. Marcos in her Facebook account amid growing public opposition to the burial of former president Ferdinan Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

THE Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) on Saturday asked President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his decision allowing the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

CEAP is composed of 1,425 schools, colleges and universities across the country.

“CEAP reiterates its call that given the gravity of Mr. Marcos’ crimes against the people and country, his burial at the Libingan will not heal or foster unity. It will invalidate all that many heroes have spent their lives fighting for,” Anthony Coloma, the group’s advocacy and information management officer, said in a statement.

CEAP also echoed the appeal of a broad coalition of groups called “Duyan ng Magiting” that Marcos not be buried at the heroes’ cemetery.


“We ask nothing that you have not already promised. Justice. Unity. Healing. A better Philippines as envisioned by the thousands who gave the ultimate sacrifice to restore the freedoms that we now enjoy, President Rody, we ask that you heal this festering wound.
Let this be your legacy. Please do not allow the burial of Mr. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” CEAP quoted Duyan as saying in their letter to the president.

But presidential Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Saturday said Duterte does not need to apologize to martial law victims for approving the burial of the late strongman at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

In a news conference in Quezon City, Panelo said Duterte did not commit any mistake in approving the burial because he is merely implementing the law as the chief executive.

“Why should he apologize? He did not commit any mistake,” he told reporters.

Panelo said that despite the human rights abuses committed during martial law, Marcos had big accomplishments during his stint as president.

The Philippine Army said Marcos will be accorded military burial honors.

‘’Based on the directive, the Army is required to provide vigil, bugler/drummer, firing party, military host/pallbearers, escort and transportation, and arrival and departure honors,’’ the Army said in a statement.

‘’The Philippine Army has designated a protocol officer to make lateral coordination with the family of the late former President Marcos on the details of the internment plan,” it added.

Martial law victims led by the Samahan ng Mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) announced on Saturday their plan to file a petition at the Supreme Court to stop the planned hero’s burial for Marcos.

Trinidad Herrera, SELDA spokesperson, said burying the former strongman at the Libingan ng mga Bayani will be a grave injustice to the victims of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances during martial law.

“Marcos is no hero. He was a mass murderer, torturer and a plunderer. To confer national honors to Marcos is a defilement of the people’s historic struggle against the tyranny of martial law,” Herrera said.

“Even in the sunset years of our lives, we will continue to fight for justice for all victims of Martial Law and state fascism,” he stressed.

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  1. Heal? The intention of the burial is to wound! 27 yrs nang patay, hindi pa inililibing? Hindi pa maka-MOVE ON?

    Bakit sasariwain pa ulit, kasi gusto pang makasakit.

    Deceitful to claim that the burial will ‘heal’. Walang nagpapaloko diyan!

  2. Ignacio Balbutin on

    Theses people should better shut up their mouths, what grievous crimes did Marcos committed? Building roads, good infrastructure and made the Philippines second to Japan a crime. The first crime that Marcos committed was the killing of the chinese drug lord by firing squad. Was Marcos convicted of any crimes even the allegations of Marcos stealing the people’s money was never proven. Let Marcos be buried in the cemetery of the heroes for the simple reason that he was a President and a soldier as the President said which is the basis of his decision period

  3. jeff jaramillo on

    Those claiming to be “Martial Law victims” are the people who wanted to victimize the country but failed because Marcos declared martial law..

    They are communist who wanted to control the country and the people

  4. Dear Writers: The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines composed of
    1, 425 schools, as reported by you, asked Mr. Duterte to cancel his approval from burying Mr. Marcos, Sr. in the LNMB cemetery. Has this association forgotten the teachings from the Holy Scripture the following: Matt. Chapter 6: 14-15 that says, ” For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you don’t forgive men their trespasses , neither will your Father your trespasses”, and from the book of Romans Chapter 3: 3 ” For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. The place of burial is immaterial. What is important to each and everyone of us is the judgement of the Almighty God towards us when we face Him. The ground or lot which many regard as hallowed and place of dead Heroes and notable personalities only is owned by and belongs to God. Therefore, only God can say with authority and finality ” you don’t belong here”. All those leaders & members in this Association should be more concerned about the judgement of God when they face Him, including myself. So, at this time we now ask ourselves this question: are we following the teaching of Jesus Christ or not. If yes, then we permit Mr. Marcos, Sr. to be buried at LNMB. If not, then I suggest the CEAP ‘s name has to be changed into something more aptly appropriate to reconcile with their present standing. God said, written in the Bible, John Chapter 14: 15, ” If you love me, keep my commandments”. Please let us release our quantum hatred and bitterness towards a man already long dead and could not defend himself with all the accusations getting hurled at him. God’s justice is more important than what we are seeking as our own justice. Sad to say, however, the justice we are fighting for thirty years shows clearly we don’t translate into action the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in our lives.
    Therefore, in spite of the volume of books we have read and learning we have from the people of Cloth still we don’t belong to Jesus Christ. I suggest, the CEAP should do justice to its name. .

  5. Mrs. Herrera did not and never will not represent the majority, Filipinos nowadays are well- informed and cannot be fooled anymore, Many Filipino poor farmers were murdered in Mendiola while Cory Aquino was in Malacanang and killing of hacienda Luisita farmers they suffered whenever they try to get their land till a sitting CJ Corona who rightfully under the law awarded it was impeach by her son using taxpayers money Illegally used DAP per SC rulings and the DeAth of 44 SAF whose family were maltreated and ignored their rightful claimHow do you find those injustices be forgotten ?
    Money

  6. So many opportunists like CEAP leadership and Herrera riding on this issue. Bury the dead and once and for all bury the issue.

    For fairness sake, why don’t you organize a mass rally to remove the “hero” accolade to Ninoy as well???