LAOAG CITY –A former aide of the Marcos family and now town mayor of San Juan, Ilocos Sur Benjamin Sarmiento stands up for President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to finally bury the remains of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos (FEM) at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Stating that FEM’s burial is one of President Duterte’s ways to bring peace to the country, Sarmiento added “tayong mga mamamayan, magtiwala naman tayo sa magandang layunin ng ating pangulo.”
Like other Marcos supporters and allies, he sees no wrong in allowing Marcos to have space in the Libingan ng mga Bayani as he had served as a leader and president of the Philippines.
“Nanungkulan naman siya bilang presidente. Wala namang perpektong tao. Wala ring perpektong presidente. Bakit hindi papayagan?” he quipped.
The exploitation during President Marcos’ term, he added, was not his desire.
“Ang nangyari lang, yung parang ‘command responsibility’ kasi mga tao niya ang gumawa. Kaya siya ang pinagbuntunan ng kasalanan,” he added.
It was learned that Sarmiento first worked for the Marcos family in 1965 when he left his job as plumber at the National Waterworks and Sewerage Authority.
In 1967, he became part of the Presidential Guard Battalion.
Recalling the late president as father, elder brother and comrade, Sarmiento said Marcos looked after his aides’ welfare.
“Our lives back then were not easy, but his commitment to service inspired us and made our jobs less burdensome,” Sarmiento added.
Reiterating his call for peace, Sarmiento said, “ang layunin ni Pangulong Duterte ngayon ay katahimikan na. Ang sa akin lang, sana noon pa na nilibing. Kasi yun ang will, na malilibing siya doon sa Libingan ng mga Bayani.” PNA/nortboundasia.com