Do you really agree that former president and dictator, Ferdinand Marcos be buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani? Why do you think he deserves such an honor? What good has he done for our country? These are some of the questions that I am asking myself and I would like to ask you as well.
The Supreme Court Decision on Marcos Burial
Voting 9-5 in favor of the Marcos Burial at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani or Heroes Cemetery, the SC closes the debate on this issue. According to those who vote in favor there are several reasons why they vote for it:
- There was no grave abuse of discretion on the part of President Rodrigo Duterte in ordering the burial of Marcos at LNMB because it was done in the exercise of his mandate. There is also no law that prohibits the burial of Marcos' remains at the LNMB
- President Duterte has the power to reserve for public use and for specific public purposes, any of the lands under public domain.
- Marcos' remains, under regulations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, can be interred at LNMB because he was a former president, commander-in-chief, soldier, medal of valor awardee, and legislator.
- The Supreme Court disagreed Marcos was "dishonorably discharged," saying the disqualification only pertains to the military
- Marcos cannot be disqualified from burial at LNMB because he was not convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude.
Those who vote in favor of the burial are: Associate Justices Arturo Brion, Presbitero Velasco Jr, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Jose Perez, Teresita de Castro, Jose Mendoza, and Estela Perlas-Bernabe.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Marvic Mario Victor Leonen, Francis Jardeleza, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa meanwhile agreed with the petition to prevent Marcos burial from the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).
One justice, Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes inhibited himself from the case.
The "Common Sense" Intent of Libingan Ng Mga Bayani
The law might be lax and there is a loop hole but there is a common sense intent for establishing Libingan Ng Mga Bayani. LNMB's name itself is created to let everyone know that those buried there are heroes, people who had done great service to the country. The people who should be buried there are examples to the Filipino people.
With this common sense is Marcos even qualified? Yes, he is not convicted of any crime against moral turpitude but there was a decision making him liable and guilty of corruption, stealing, and killing. He had done many things which puts the country at great risk and in peril.
How would you explain to the thousands of people tortured, jailed and killed during Martial Law, that the president who allowed all of that is now A HERO? How can this man be a hero, when he is the exact opposite of that.
Can Hitler then be a hero as well?
If Adolf Hitler is a Filipino and then he died without being convicted he could be buried as well at the LNMB. He is a soldier and a former leader of the country and not even convicted. So therefore, the logic is DESPITE ALL THE UNHEROIC THINGS PUBLICLY KNOWN HE CAN STILL BE BURIED A HERO.
I think this decision is utterly stupid, inconsiderate and a lack of historical sense for those who are favoring it and even endorsing it. Can he not be buried somewhere else? Why insist that he be buried at LNMB?
What did Marcos Accomplish for the Philippines?
Well he indeed created and built tons of infrastructure and most of the funds came from foreign loans. Also he did some of these.
I join our fellow Filipinos who felt shocked and emotional with this grave violation of history and freedom.
What can you say about this latest decision of the Supreme Court?