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Imee Marcos on Burial: FVR Was Followed, It’s Duterte’s Time Now

Imee Marcos

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Imee Marcos explains that during FVR’s time, the family respected the then president’s decision not to create chaos by giving the late strongman a state funeral and was not even given the chance to be paraded among his many supporters. Now, it’s Duterte’s time and the president said, it’s okay to honor him as deemed appropriate by the family. So, can this be respected as well?

Youtube video by; Ernani Cawagdan

[VIDEO]: The burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) does not make him a hero, his daughter asserted..

Let the New Generation Judge

The Millenials are well informed and all information are accessible to them. Let them judge according to what they know. It is unfair to just side the 10,000 alleged martial law victims when there are more that 34 million people waiting for the proper state burial of the former president Ferdinand Marcos.

Respected the Opinion but they have the Right to be Wrong Too

All criticisms from the anti-Marcos people have been heard. Can they be fair in hearing the other side as well? Their opinions were already celebrated thus taking this long to bury the late president. Let the legal cases continue if there are but the burial must happen at any time soon. Critics can also fact check what they know because they have the right to be wrong too.

All Criticisms Have Been Heard, Now, it’s Marcos’ Time

Accusations, calling him names and condemning him were already done. Now it’s Marcos’ time as supported by his many supporters to be allowed to mourn and see their former president laid to rest as a soldier, statesman, secretary of national defense and medal of valor recipient.

Marcos has the right to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

Imee Marcos was so humble when making a plea to allow the upcoming burial of her late father at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. She said, that it will be a simple ceremony that the late president wished for – to be beside his comrades during the World War 2 battles. Now, can the Marcos supporters allow him to be buried just like that? There will be no major preparations required but it is certain that wherever the remains of the late president passes, there will be many supporters waiting, watching and praying for him and the Philippines. Is this what critics are trying to stop?


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Treasures Remain for Filipinos’ Welfare NOT Marcos Hidden Wealth contrary to Cory Aquino’s Media Bluff


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Why did George W. Bush think that the Philippines is the richest country in the world? It is because of the Yamashita gold that the late Ferdinand Marcos deposited in more than 150 countries of the world – with a Trust Fund at the Central Bank under the Marcos Foundation for the benefit of the Filipinos. Meaning to say, that his family is not even the direct heir of this alleged hidden wealth as Cory Aquino promulgated via the media just to discredit him from the presidency.

Youtube video by; Sky Player

[VIDEO]: This is a collection of videos from witnesses of the gold deposited by the late President Ferdinand Marcos to safeguard the interests of the Filipinos from hands-on previous bank employees to lawyers and financial experts here and abroad.

The Ultimate Truth

The wisdom of the late strongman and his knowledge as a lawyer tells him that if the unearthed gold will be awarded to finders with only a percentage to the government, they would be rumbling to claim the treasures that are not theirs in the first place, bringing chaos to the country. Instead, he exported these golds to different countries with bill of lading under the care of his widow, Imelda Marcos. The document at the Central Bank hereby said that those deposits are registered under the Marcos foundation for the benefit of the Filipinos. By having these gold reserves, the country will not suffer from tremendous amount of interests rates from debts –  thereby not prone to global financial crisis.

Imelda and the Government must Join Hands

Former First Lady Imelda Marcos is vital in managing these unexplained wealth collected by her husband but she cannot move them alone. Since they are registered under the Marcos Foundation for the citizens of the Philippines, the government must initiate on how to manage them further. At the moment, they are just sitting in Central Bank and other countries overseas awaiting for further actions after the 50 year time deposit period. Marcos is dead for only 27 years now. When the right time comes, it would be Imelda’s heir and  the new government that can facilitate that.

Marcos wanted to come back from Exile to Explain but Hindered by Cory Aquino

Marcos requested many times to come back to the country during his exile in Hawaii but he was not allowed by then President Cory Aquino. Instead of giving him the benefit of the doubt, she has caused confusion by insinuating that the treasures are stolen by Marcos – thereby giving it a bad name: Ill-gotten Wealth. Bongbong Marcos was right when he said that they don’t have it because Imelda only has the bill of lading in her possession but without the Central Bank’s ordering overseas banks to release, it would not be possible. Also if ever it can be released, they can only go to the Filipino people. Despite estimated to be in billions of dollars worth, the citizens of the Philippines would be in chaos if those are distributed individually. Marcos’ strategy was an act of a genius. The deposits are the reason why our economy never plummeted as far as we can’t handle.

It’s Unexplained and NOT Ill-Gotten Wealth

It is very sad why mainstream media stay away from trying to explain these facts to the people. They only report the developments in a daily basis that bring in more confusion especially when a politician mentions the alleged ill-gotten wealth again against a Marcos to stop him or her from getting higher government posts. Martial law compensations also are not anymore from the Marcoses because PCGG already sequestered their own overseas funds during the Aquino administration. This is the reason why Imelda commented that they did not steal from the people, instead they got robbed by the previous administration. However, the truth will set the Marcoses free and by then, people will be thankful to Apo Lakat Ferdinand Marcos!

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Sereno inquires to honor both Ferdinand Marcos and alleged Martial Law Victims

Ferdinand Marcos

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The Supreme Court under Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno weighs the balance to  allow the burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani of Ferdinand Marcos. Protests against it are happening by alleged martial law victims.

Sereno Inquires

Would it be right and just if public honors are accorded both to the victims of human rights violations and the one allegedly responsible?


These, in effect, were the related questions that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno posed to Solicitor General Jose Calida. He represents the administrators of Libingan. This is evident in her questioning before the end of oral arguments at the Supreme Court last Wednesday.

Second Round of Oral Arguments

It was the second round of oral arguments on the petitions to stop the burial of Marcos’ remains at the Libingan. It is authorized by President Rodrigo Duterte. A week earlier, the petitioners had argued their case. The Court allows four women to narrate their horrible experiences of torture and detention under martial law.

RA 10368 in 2013

The Chief Justice premises her questions on the fact that Congress has enacted a law (RA 10368 in 2013). It declares as State policy “.  The law recognizes the heroism and sufferings of all Filipinos who were victims of summary execution, torture, enforced or involuntary disappearance. It also includes other human rights violations committed during the regime of (Marcos). It covers the period from September 21, 1972 to February 25, 1986 and restore the victims’ honor and dignity.”

Government’s Moral Obligation

The same law also declares that the State “acknowledges its moral and legal obligation to recognize. Also to provide reparations to said victims and, or their families for the deaths, injuries, sufferings, deprivations. and damages they suffered under the Marcos regime.”

Monetary and non-monetary Reparations

Sereno went as far as to say that the recognition and reparations (both monetary and non-monetary) provided under the law may not suffice to make up for the losses and sufferings of the victims.

Aggravating the victims’ plaint is the fact that the implementation of RA 10368 . It took over a decade to be approved by Congress – has yet to yield benefits to them. No one has yet received any monetary reparation since the compensation board created. It is still going through the 75,000 applications filed to determine who should be paid and the amount to be paid corresponding to the type or degree of violation each one suffered.

Memorial of Victims

The law also provides for the establishment of a memorial/museum/library (initially funded with P500 million) wherein the names of the HRV victims will be inscribed in a roll and their records of sufferings shall be preserved and made accessible to the public via the Internet. This too has yet to be established.

More Injustice after Marcos’s Hero Burial

Thus it would truly heap more injustice on the victims if the body of Marcos were allowed to be buried at the Libingan. May it be before or after the provisions of RA 10368 have been carried out.

Respecting Collective Injuries

Adding further pain to the victims’ collective injuries were the statements by Calida and the private lawyer representing the Marcoses that the former’s emotions and feelings have no relevance to the burial issue because they could seek remedies under other laws.

Under questioning by the magistrates, Calida cited varied reasons for Duterte’s decision, among them being what he called the “wisdom and propriety of the President’s well-meaning desire to put closure to this divisive issue.”

Marcos as a hero

He got himself in a knot by first averring that the President doesn’t intend to bury Marcos as a hero, but as a soldier and former president. Later he asserted that, having been awarded a Medal of Valor for alleged World War II gallantry (given when he was already President in 1966), the dictator has effectively been declared a war hero. Worse, under Justice Marvic Leonen’s rapid-fire questioning, Calida was compelled to admit, impliedly, that it was Marcos himself who issued Presidential Decree No.1687 recognizing a Medal of Valor awardee as a hero, on March 24, 1980.

AFP Rules and Regulations

Sereno upbraided Calida for repeatedly citing mere AFP rules and regulations to justify Marcos’ burial at the Libingan. The solicitor general kept referring to AFP Regulation No. G161-375. (Coincidentally, an online petition and house-to-house campaign launched in Ilocos Norte. It’s the Marcos’ home province, to collect a million signatures to support his burial at the Libingan. It cites as authority AFP Regulation No. G161-137.)

“You’re using AFP regulations to force upon this Court your definition of a hero,” Sereno told Calida. “You are reducing us to a court that will legitimize everything due to a regulation by the AFP; she added. Are our pronouncements so meaningless to you. That all of them will be set aside so you can justify under just an administrative issuance [the burial at Libingan] so the President can fulfill a promise made during his [electoral] campaign?”

Peppering him with questions, to which Calida answered yes to some. He disagreed in two others. The chief justice induced the solicitor general into admitting that AFP regulations don’t carry the same weight or authority as laws enacted by Congress.

No Heroes Burial on September 18

Meantime, Marcos’ body won’t be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on September 18, as set by his family.

The Supreme Court has extended until October 18 its 20-day status quo ante order which originally would have lapsed in mid-September. Lawyers of both sides have been given 20 days to submit their respective memoranda (summation of written arguments).


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Marcos’ burial as former President is fulfilling Duterte’s campaign promise


welcome 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.


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Marcos: September 18 Set for father’s Libingan burial but Palace Officials not informed

welcome 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.


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