MANILA — Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao said Monday he is in favor of burying the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, noting that only God can judge people.
Pacquiao evaded the question when asked if Marcos deserved to be called a hero but said that being elected by the Filipino people is already a qualification to be accorded a burial in the Heroes’ Cemetery.
“We need to remember that he (Marcos) was elected by the people. Let’s not forget the good things he did for our country and the things he accomplished during his term,” he said in Filipino.
The neophyte senator said that while he acknowledges the abuses that occurred during Martial Law, Marcos’ being a head of state comes first.
Pacquiao, a devout Born-Again Christian, also emphasized the importance of forgiveness.
“What came first, his being elected as president or Martial Law? We should know, no matter how bad a person is, what’s most important is that we have forgiveness,” he said.
“Only our good Lord judges everything. He said, ‘Do not put your heart at grievances against someone’. We should not stay mad. If we don’t have forgiveness, we cannot move on. We need forgiveness to be saved,” he added.
Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, who earlier expressed his support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to bury Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, reiterated that it is the President’s decision after all.
“The presumption is, if you’re a formal soldier, it doesn’t matter if you’re a hero or not. A formal soldier, former head of state is entitled to Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Lacson told reporters in a separate interview.
“He (Duterte) says it does not break law, the Constitution, or any AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) rules and regulations,” he added.
Lacson said that because the issue does not end, it would be better to have Marcos buried and wait and see what happens. Lacson quipped that if the opposition is too strong, Marcos’ body could be exhumed.
“Only he (Duterte) can change his decision. It’s his call,” Lacson said. PNA/northboundasia.com