Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential bet Leni Robredo thumbed down a hero’s burial for former president Ferdinand Marcos, the father of her rival, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Robredo noted that burying Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery of Heroes) is tantamount to giving the Marcoses a special treatment.
“I am not in favor of that because being buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani is something that a person should earn to deserve. It’s clear in the name. That is a burial site for revered people who contributed a lot to our country and served as role models to us Filipinos,” the Camarines Sur representative said.
“Being buried there is not a matter of special treatment. The question is, is former President Marcos deserving of a spot there? Is he an example of a Filipino who sacrificed his life for our country? For me, he’s not,” Robredo added.
The LP earlier slammed the camp of Sen. Grace Poe and her running mate, Sen. Francis Escudero, for commenting that Marcos, Jr. cannot be forced to apologize for the atrocities committed during martial law.
Akbayan party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez, spokesman of the LP-led administration coalition, noted that by downplaying the need for at least an apology from the Marcoses, Poe and Escudero trivialized the systematic killing, torture and detention of suspected government critics under martial law.
“We are not pleased that it’s very easy for Senator Poe to defend Senator Bongbong on what he did during Martial Law. This is not some childhood spat between siblings where apology is merely an option. Thousands were tortured, gone missing, and died. It is the duty of everyone to speak out and give justice to the victims,” Gutierrez said.
Victims of human rights violations are still waiting for their remuneration under a compensation law that provides them P10 billion.
The Marcos compensation law also created the Human Rights Violations Claims Board which has the sole jurisdiction in determining whether a claimant is a human rights victim, unless he or she already enjoys the conclusive presumption extended by the law to plaintiffs in the class suit decided by the US Federal District Court of Honolulu, Hawaii against the estate of the late President Marcos and those acknowledged as human rights violation victims by the Bantayog ng mga Bayani.
The Claims Board is processing at least 76,000 claims.