Marcos burial a surprise to Ilocanos

LAOAG CITY — Ilocanos including employees from the Ilocos Norte capitol were surprised by the news of the burial of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) earlier today, Friday.

A provincial capitol employee who wished not to be named said that no one is advised about the burial of the late president.

“We were caught by surprise too and we were just informed about the burial in a television report this morning,” the employee said.

Amid the disbelief, Ilocanos were overwhelmed and emotional while watching the late President Marcos being laid for his final rest at the LNMB.

“We are teary-eyed while watching him. These are tears of joy, I suppose because finally, our president is now at peace,” the Ilocos Norte capitol employee said.

Not only Ilocanos but the whole nation was taken by surprise by the news on Friday when the announcement about the burial came on national television with some of the netizens describing it as “sneaky”.

Supporters of the Marcos family have expressed their joy while anti-Marcos groups were dismayed and felt betrayed by the “secret” burial at the Libingan.

According to a reliable source, a chopper was seen within the vicinity of the house of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos at about 9:00 a.m. on Friday.

However, there is no confirmation whether the chopper seen was there to lift the remains of Marcos from Laoag City to the LNMB in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig.

At about 11:30 a.m. today, C/Supt. Oscar Albayalde, chief of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said in a television interview that it is the request of the Marcos family to make the burial confidential.

After the ceremonial rites and a 21-gun salute, Marcos’ remains were finally laid to rest at 12:00 noon. His tomb was sealed with his name encrypted and a word “Filipino” written in a coercive form.

Meanwhile, in Ilocos Norte, a nine-day novena which started on Nov. 16 is still ongoing and will continue until Nov. 24 to complete the Ilocano tradition.

The prayer is officiated by a priest and attended by Marcos loyalists.

The Philippine flag in front of Ilocos Norte capitol and other municipalities were also flown at half mast following the burial of Marcos in the LNMB.