MANILA — Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. expressed gratitude on Tuesday to the Supreme Court (SC) for allowing the burial of his father, former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).
“We are deeply grateful to the Supreme Court for its decision to allow the burial of my father, former President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Once again, the Supreme Court has taken a magnanimous act to uphold the rule of law,” Marcos said.
The young Marcos also extended his thanks to President Rodrigo R. Duterte, who was first to raise interest to have the former President buried at the Libingan, for his “unwavering commitment” on the issue.
“Our family will forever be thankful for his kind gesture,” he added.
Marcos said he is hopeful that this move would eventually “lead the nation towards healing.”
Meanwhile, senators belonging to the Liberal Party (LP) expressed disappointment on the SC decision and urged President Duterte to reject the allowed burial.
Senator Francis Pangilinan, who is also acting LP president, described the news on the SC decision to allow the former president’s burial as having “reopened old wounds” rather than provide closure Filipinos have sought for.
“We kicked out a reviled dictator and now we are honoring him by burying him in our national heroes’ cemetery. No less than our Supreme Court wants our citizens, our children to honor a plunderer and tyrant. This is shameful and deplorable,” Pangilinan said.
He said that burying Marcos in the Libingan has “created a huge divide that will haunt the nation for days and years to come.”
Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV said that although he respected the SC decision, his heart goes out to the thousands of victims during what he described as “the darkest years in Philippine history.”
He said that as chair of the Senate Committee on Education, he will carry on the work with the Department of Education (DepEd) to ensure that the truth about Martial Law is effectively taught in schools.
“With this decision, we need to be even more vigilant that the mistakes of the past are not repeated,” Aquino said.
Senator Risa Hontiveros said the SC decision has “broken” the hearts of Filipinos, particularly victims of Martial Law abuses.
“The decision intends to effectively wipe the Marcos slate clean and negate sacrifices of thousands of brave souls,” Hontiveros said. Azer Parrocha/PNA-northboundasia.com