• Marcoses urged: Bury Marcos in hometown

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    Members of the family of former President Ferdinand Marcos should take the high road and bury him in his hometown of Ilocos Norte instead of pursuing a hero’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery) in Taguig City (Metro Manila).

    Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe made the call on Monday in the aftermath of a Supreme Court decision junking petitions against a hero’s burial for Marcos via a 9 to 5 vote.

    The petitioners had argued that Marcos does not deserve to be given a hero’s burial because of atrocities committed by his martial-law regime: 3,257 killed, 35,000 tortured, 70,000 incarcerated and 737 victims of enforced disappearances from 1976 to 1983 based on the records of Amnesty International.

    At least 75,000 torture victims have also filed their claims under the Marcos compensation law.

    “I would like to appeal to the Marcoses to take the moral high ground and don’t bury him in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. You have proven your point. The Supreme Court has said that there is no law preventing his burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Now, would his burial there bring peace to our country? You can’t be sure about that,” Batocabe told reporters.

    Marcos, who died in 1989, is survived by his wife, Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and Irene Marcos.

    The Presidential Commission on Good Government estimates Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth at $5 billion to $10 billion, on top of the $13.4 billion deposited by Marcos and his family in various Swiss banks.

    “Anyway, laws or Supreme Court decisions do not define heroes. Heroes are defined by the collective memory of the people. They could just bury him in Ilocos Norte and put up a Libingan ng mga Bayani there,” Batocabe said.

    Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella announced that the hero’s burial for Marcos would be done by the end of the year.

    Batocabe, however, said the Marcoses would be putting the remains of the former leader at risk if they pushed through with the hero’s burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

    “If his remains will be interred there in the Libingan, I doubt that it will bring peace to the family. Who knows, his remains could be dug up and stolen. And there will be people in the future who would not want to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The [Heroes’ Cemetery] will be devalued,” he added.

    “They have proven their point. The Marcos loyalists have proven their point. Why not bury him in a place where he is acceptable to all?” Batocabe said.

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    1. Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, your name & memory and the rest of oppositionist will be forgotten but the memory of Marcos will stay and history will give him a better treatment.

    2. Respect as well the other side of people who regard President Marcos as hero. His being a hero maybe arguable but his accomplishments to progress this country is undeniable. We all know that Martial Law victims are not merely victims at all but they were revolutionaries of their time. Students, Peasants, Laborers and even government official that are members of CPP and their kin whose numbers ballooned when promised by Cory to received compensation if PCGG recovers ‘ill-gotten wealth’ that was never proven. Everyone claiming to be victim in the news and tv share story of how they were arrested and tortured but don’t want to tell what was their offense against the law. No offense to the few real victims which I think existed for collateral damage is really unavoidable.

    3. Maribel Calanda on

      The decision of the family to bury the former president at LNMB is to comply with the wish of the late presisent that he be buried alongside his comrades-in-arms. Why can’t we grant it since the SC has already spoken? The Marcoses have been vilified for the last 30 years but it did not do the country any good at all. The propaganda of the Aquinos to spread the hate campaign only benefitted them but the hypocrisy is glaring because of the massive human rights violations too in their regimes especially the regime of the son. What with the Mendiola massacre, the Hacienda Luisita massacre. the Kidapawan massacre, the SAP44 among others, the DAP and the PDAF scam which is corruption at the highest level. Lastly the drug menace in rhis country proliferatef unabatedly under the regime of the son. This is worse than the 70k martial law victims because there are more than 3 million addicts in the Philippines whose lives are shattered and who would be potential criminals in the the future and not to mentioned the innocent people they had already victimized, babies, children, students, employees and even their own blood and families. 70k victims of Martail Law is more tolerable than three million addicts under Aquino and now you want the Marcoses to take the high ground of apologizing, you are insensitive of the feelings of the million followers of Marcis loyalists. You should address that to Aquino himself who allowed his countrymen to be addicts and evntually criminals. In my opinion that is morally worse

    4. The point was made clear by the SC. Like what is being done to deceased former U.S. Presidents, build a mausoleum close to a library dedicated to the late President in Batac, Ilocos Norte. This will be another tourists’ attraction in the region. After all, he is idolized by many in that part of the world!