Protesters vs hero burial storm Luneta

DESPITE RAINS Hundreds of rallyists gather at the Lapu-Lapu monument at Rizal Park in Manila on Sunday to protest the planned hero’s burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on September 18. Inset: Sen. Risa Hontiveros addresses the crowd, former interior secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd meets former senator Rene Saguisag. PHOTOS FROM RUSSELL PALMA AND THE DAANG MATUWID TWITTER ACCOUNT

DESPITE RAINS Hundreds of rallyists gather at the Lapu-Lapu monument at Rizal Park in Manila on Sunday to protest the planned hero’s burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on September 18. Inset: Sen. Risa Hontiveros addresses the crowd, former interior secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd meets former senator Rene Saguisag. PHOTOS FROM RUSSELL PALMA AND THE DAANG MATUWID TWITTER ACCOUNT

HUNDREDS of protesters, unmindful of the torrential downpour, assembled at Rizal Park on Sunday to demonstrate their opposition to Malacañang’s decision to allow the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Incumbent and former lawmakers joined human rights victims and advocates at the Lapu-lapu monument to object to plans to accord Marcos a hero’s burial on September 18, while about a hundred members of the group Sanlakas protested at the Heroes’ Cemetery in Taguig.

Senator Leila De Lima said the Filipino people who fought for freedom during the Martial Law era would be the ones entombed should the Duterte government push ahead with the plan.

“The burial of Marcos means tyranny can rule again in this country. And let us not give anybody that chance to be ever a tyrant or dictator in this country,” she said.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier gave his go-ahead to give Marcos a hero’s’ burial, arguing that the late dictator was a former president and a World War II veteran.

Palace Communications chief Martin Andanar said Duterte respects the opposition to Marcos’ interment at the Libingan ng mga Bayani but that the Chief Executive would not be swayed.

“The President’s stance, however, remains firm: There is clarity in the regulations governing the late President Marcos burial,” Andanar said.

The protest action at Rizal Park was organized by the Coalition Against Marcos Burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, which aims to gather signatures to stop the internment of Marcos.

Joining the throng of protesters who braved the relentless rain were former Commission on Human Rights Chairwoman Etta Rosales, former senator Wigberto “Bobby” Tañada, former Akbayan party-list representative Walden Bello, economist Winnie Monsod and film director Joel Lamangan.

Also present were Sen. Risa Hontiveros as well as performers and activists Leah Navarro and Juana Change.

Speaking before the crowd, Tañada noted that while Marcos was a war veteran, the late dictator’s military record was “doubtful” and that countless Filipinos suffered human rights abuses during the Marcos regime.

Tañada is the son of the late senator Lorenzo Tañada who, along with Don Chino Roces, former publisher of The Manila Times, were familiar fixtures in demonstrations leading to and during the imposition of Martial Law.

Rosales, meanwhile, was among the over 75,000 human rights victims under the Marcos regime.

She narrated how she was tortured and molested by intelligence operatives while in detention during Martial Law.

“Are they not enough proof that Marcos is not a hero?” she said.

Hontiveros said burying Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani—a place reserved for the brave and martyred—is a political abomination.

“We cannot consider a hero the very man who caused the incarceration, torture and deaths of those who fought for justice, freedom and democracy,” she said.

Hontiveros has proposed a resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that Marcos is “unfit” to be buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani; she expects to get at least 13 senators to support the resolution and have it passed this week.

But even as opposition to a hero’s burial for Marcos begins to snowball, preparations have started at the 100-meter lot where the late strongman is to be transferred from his mausoleum in Batac, Ilocos Norte.

More protests are expected in the coming days.

Andanar said Duterte would not block the protests.

Duterte has also justified his decision by saying that the issue had divided the Filipino nation long enough.

Labor group Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), one of the groups that joined the Luneta protest, said it is the Marcos family, not the nation, that needs to move on.

“The former dictator ruthlessly ruled and divided this nation for over two decades, thus, his burial at Libingan can never be considered a unifying action,” the PM said in a statement.

“It is the Marcos family that needs to move on in this issue by doing a simple and final act of laying their dead in Ilocos.”



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  1. Talaga tong si RosAles. Bakit ka kaya dinakip noon? Dahil kaaway ka ng estado at Suppporter ka ng mga komunista. Panay ang sigaw niyo noon na “ibagsak ang rehimeng Marcos”. Aba natural lang na damputin ka at ikulong. Yun pag “torture” sa inyo ng mga sundalo noon eh malamang ganti at gigil gawa ng pagpatay at pag ambush ng mga kadre niyong NPA sa mga sundalo.

  2. The self rigtheous people strikes again. I suggest you call a “people power” to prevent FM’s burial. That way, you’ll find out just how pathetic, irrelevant and senseless you are right now. Majortiy of the Filipino no longer believe your anti-Marcos propagandas.

  3. If they can match the rally like the INC then maybe majority of filipino really hates the Marcos family. This rally has no impact at all because they can’t even influence a lot of people to join their rally.

  4. Ignacio Balbutin on

    hahaha inulan, pati langit ay di sang-ayon sa mga walang utak na ito. Sabi ng ililibing si Marcos diyan not because he is hero but because he was the once the President of the Philippines. That is what the law said, kakahiya kayo lalo na ito si De lima parang walang pinag-aralan eh. Napahiya nga ke Pacquiao, hai naku maganin nna lang kayo ng kangkong, walang mangyayari sa mga protesta nyo

  5. The Great Defiant on

    Mar doesn’t learned his lesson…
    I don’t know what kind parrot he is.
    abnOY says he wants another Puquino president….
    when will you ever learned?..

  6. “Protesters vs hero burial storm Luneta”

    patawa tong banner headline nato…ni hindi naka libo ganyan ang banner headline..harharhar….

  7. Wag magata, akala nyo ba na paid advertisement lng ang meron noon? Uso na din noon ang paid rally. Ngayon pa kaya na talamak na ang paid advertisement?

  8. Because non of these protester is a “Soldier”, it is easy for them to say a “Soldier” is not fitted to be buried to a Cemetery destined for them. What a farce. They better closed that cemetery for good i and sell it to Henry Sy for a new SM Mall.

  9. silvino sarga on

    Of course, Marcos is not the hero to the ‘few 100’ people who joined the rally. Hope they didn’t catch cold and flu.To them Marcos must not be buried in the LnmB although a dead dog proclaimed by Cory as a hero deserved a burial thereat,

    To the 14 million people who voted for Marcos Jr, all they want is for the long dead president to be buried in the LnmB because he deserves it by law. He was a former president with the longest term, he had solid accomplishments many now blurred by the incessant attacks on his person and record. He was a soldier who fought in Bataan and survived the Death March. He received many war decorations from both the US and Phil government, (they can deduct the questionable medals he got and there would remain a bagful of honestly earned war medals). Marcos widow receives US pension for his war service.

    Those old oppositions should learn new tricks that can help the nation rather than wallowing in self pity for the alleged injustice they deserved during martial law. Sa totoo lang masyado na nilang pinakinabangan yong pag-alipusta kuno na naranas nila noong martial law. They used it as political capital which they have now expended in return accomplishing not much worthwhile for the country.

  10. Tae Rosales, buhay ka pa Naman di ba? Famous words of the imbecile Abnoy ha ha ha. Taming lang BAKIT ka kinulong? Kasi puro kayo nangugulo noon.

  11. matinong pinoy on

    I have always thought that Filipinos are very forgiving people, but not at this time. Marcos was only a human being that got carried away and committed atrocities in a civilized world, during his time and enrich his family and cronies at the expense of Filipino people. His wrongdoings will never be forgotten, and as people, who make mistakes and commit sins everyday, Marcos should be forgiven, and let’s move on as a nation to seek a brighter tomorrow. I would agree, that he should be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, and close this sad chapter of our history. This would be against my principles, as I also have served three decades of honorable service with the U.S. Military, but as a Christian, we should forgive him and unite our people so we can move on.

  12. Patawa naman, mas madami pa sa inyo yung laman ng simbahan. Wlang impact at effect yang rally nyo! kitang kita naman na mas marami ang tahimik lng na pabor kesa sa mga maiingany na iilan lng naman.

  13. Jessie Corrales on

    hundreds only?? i saw an aerial photo, and they amounted to no more than 150 people. Now what kind of rally is that? it looks like the whole Aquino family occupied a tiny, insignificant corner of Luneta. Pathetic.

  14. It’s just another Yellow-organized rally with dwindling numbers. If this was such a powerful issue for Filipinos then more people should have showed up. It is only media that is willingly amplifying an issue that is really a non-issue for most Filipinos. Move on people, there are bigger problems than the burial of a former president.

  15. Hero or not, I believe no one should prevent the dead to be buried wherever he wants. That’s what PFEM wished as relayed to his family before he died. We should have long respected it. All the opposition to his burial LNMB will not stop unless they are healed because it is founded on hate. Their hatred should be healed and only the Lord can help them. Let us also pray for these oppositors for healing.