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.
By: Elena Grace Flores
It is not a secret that Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and President Rodrigo Duterte were talking about the burial of his father with full military honors at the Libingan ng mga Bayani so it was not a surprise when Bongbong disclosed that all is set for the burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City on Sept. 18 but Ernesto Abella and Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar jointly said they have not heard of any Cabinet discussion on the matter – and therefor they were not informed. Marcos on the other hand would never announce such sensitive issue if he indeed has not clarified this with the President.
Marcos said that he and older sister, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, have been coordinating with concerned officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that are managing the heroes’ cemetery.
Imee is taking care of the rites in Ilocos because Ilocanos would get angry at us if they would not be able to pay their last respects to him. We’ll bring him first to Sarrat, then to Paoay, before taking him by plane for the burial here at Libingan,” he said.
Meanwhile, he has been coordinating with the AFP protocol and learned that aside from military honors – a 21-gun salute – and horse-ridden funeral cortege, they must conform with the tradition of burying the remains at exactly noon.
Marcos clarified that they wanted Sept. 18 instead of his father’s Sept 11 birth date because they wanted another day to celebrate on top of birth and death anniversaries.
A Marcos burial at Libingan has been opposed by human rights victims during the martial law regime and other critics but President Duterte has been undermining sentiments against the issue because the other half of the Filipinos have the same stand as him on this matter. Marcos is also thankful to the media for the fair coverage given.
As per Duterte’s own words: “The issue on the burial of President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani has long created divisions among our people,” Duterte said after the June 11 meeting with the young Marcos.
“I will allow the burial of President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani not because he is a hero. He was a Filipino soldier, period. That can be arranged immediately,” Duterte said.
The burial updates are conferred with the president as they go along – but palace officials seem to not know about it or just wanted to stay neutral.
By: Elena Grace Flores
A dictator is described as someone who has absolute power — or a ruler who has total control over a country, with no checks or balances to prevent abuse of power. The late President Ferdinand E. Marcos might have served a long two decades in the Philippine’s presidency but he was not a dictator. He won re-elections over and over again that made him stay that long. Martial law also happened following the constitution when an absolute power was given to him to address the nation’s peace and order crises brought about by the uprising of activists that were ignited by the media frenzy designed to ruin the late President’s reputation.
A media propaganda spearheaded by his former friend who aspired for the presidency claimed that he pilfered billions from the country’s public coffers; his government allegedly tortured opponents by shocking them with live wires and burning them with irons. After the 1986 Edsa revolution that toppled him down, his rival’s widow then-President Corazon Aquino established an office — the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) that was supposed to “restore the institution’s integrity and credibility,” did not satisfy the people’s inquiries on what happend to the alleged “hidden wealth” of the Marcoses? There are speculations that billions of these cash are deposited into one of the Aquino sister’s accounts and some of former First Lady’s jewelry collections are in the possession of the Aquinos.
Some people might be wishing that “the son of the the late Marcos could have said, ‘My father was wrong, give us a chance to correct this,’” as the outgoing Pnoy Aquino said during the 30th anniversary of Marcos Sr.’s ouster. However, Bongbong Marcos knos best when it comes to his father – that he was only after the welfare of the majority of the Filipino unlike Pnoy’s late mother Cory, who wanted to make the Filipinos suffer so that they would blame the Marcoses as witnessed by outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay himself.
By: Elena Grace Flores
As quoted in this Manila Times article – “The placing of the dead,” writes the British anthropologist Nigel Barley, “is never arbitrary. It is a clear act of classification and a statement of where they belong.” – simply explains the Marcoses’ goal of burying their dead into his rightful plot as a symbol of their struggle to open the eyes of Filipinos that contrary to the media propaganda staged by the real culprit Ninoy Aquino against the great leader Ferdinand E. Marcos, he was only doing what’s good for the Filipino masses within the power bestowed upon him.
The burial might start with a long procession – perhaps from Batac, Ilocos Norte to be exaggerated going towards the “Libingan ng mga Bayani” in the greater Manila area, with flamboyant flowers and ornaments decorating the passageways along land, seas and air channels – and accompanied by never ending drum and bugle core playing the cha cha or never ending Filipino serenade that used to be the late President’s theme song with his wife, then First Lady Imelda, “Dahil Sa ‘Yo”. The point is, no matter how grand the final ceremony can become, mark these words: tears of joy will be shed that finally, the best ever president is getting the right burial fit for how he was as a leader loved by many if not all.
This burial will serve as enlightenment that Marcos the great was not a dictator – for all the things he did were within the mandate of the Philippine constitution. There are also no hidden wealth to be recovered because he never had fair trials that can accuse him that. If the family became wealthy it’s simply because of his brilliance negotiating with international commerce that made his reign the golden era of the Philippines. Finally, Marcos’ burial in the Heroes’ Cemetery will put an end to the lies of the yellow faction that until now still trying to cheat their way back into power – just to serve the greedy intentions of the so-called “elite wannabes”!
By: Elena Grace Flores
The House of Representatives and the senate will hold a joint session this week to at least start the formal canvassing of votes for both president and vice president. This is expected to clear out the unofficial partial results of the vice presidency race between Senator Bongbong Marcos and congresswoman Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party.
Both branches of government will form the national board of canvassers or NBOC on May 24, 2016 so on May 25 the official vote canvassing should already start.
Although there’s no question with Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte’s massive lead, a close race for the vice presidency is creating a turmoil between Robredo and Marcos’s supporters. The unofficial count indicates Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo’s lead at 200,000 votes against Senator Ferdinand Marcos, but not including 100 percent of the precincts, so it can turn around at any time when all Certificates of Canvass are accounted for – especially in the areas of mindanao where questionable activities happened in favor of the administration’s bet.