By: Elena Grace Flores
The burial of Marcos at the hero’s cemetery tentatively schedlued by Bongbong Marcos on September 18 this year was a campaign promise of President Rodrigo Duterte, believing that this event would would heal and unite the nation contrary to some resistance from alleged victims during martial law. Malacañang also assured the pubic that former president Ferdinand Marcos would be accorded ceremonies fit for a President during his burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
President Rodrigo Duterte said that Marcos deserved to be buried at the hero’s cemetery basically as a former soldier and Chief Executive alone regardless of any heroism during battlefield when he was a soldier. The Libingan ng Mga Bayani is a national cemetery designed as the final destination for the remains of former Philippine Presidents, soldiers, war veterans, and citizens considered as heroes.
presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella elaborated the facts on this move: “First and foremost, these are two different levels. We’re talking about historical perspective, we’re talking about something that’s being done, based on presidential decision, based on law. So they’re not necessarily contradictory as far as Duterte is concerned,” he added. “It’s the fact that FM (Ferdinand Marcos) was a past President and that is what was being given consideration for”; he added.