POE, ESCUDERO SEEK INDEPENDENT COMMISSION TO DECIDE IF FORMER PRES. MARCOS IS TO BE BURIED AT LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI

POE, ESCUDERO SEEK INDEPENDENT COMMISSION TO DECIDE IF FORMER PRES. MARCOS IS TO BE BURIED AT LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — The tandem of presidential and vice presidential candidates Grace Poe and Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero, respectively, want an independent commission or a court to decide on whether the remains of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos would be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani or not.

“Dapat talaga na may komisyon na nagdedesisyon dito sa paglilibing sa dating Pangulo. Hindi dapat ang kasalukuyang Pangulo ang nagdedesisyon kasi nagiging politika. Kung ako, baka sabihin pa na related ako sa kanya (There should be a commission to tackle the burial of the late President. It should not be decided by the sitting President. But for me, it’s not, because they might interpret it that I’m related to him),” Senator Poe said when asked about her side on the burial of the late strongman.

Poe said an independent commission should be established to tackle such issue and to recognize the sacrifices, to give proper recognition and dignity, to those people tied in such a national matter.

“Pag may batas na ganyan ay talagang malalagay na sa tahimik ang sinumang namayapa. Pero pag ganyan, ang pamilya mismo ang dapat mag-initiate ng hakbang. Kung meron mang tututol ay dalhin sa korte, at ang korte ang magdedesisyon niyan,” she said.

For Senator Escudero, the Marcos family should decide if they want to bury him at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and if the government would not agree, then the case should go to court.

“Kaugnay sa paglilibing sa dating Pangulo, sana pagpasyahan na ng pamilya niya yan, kung ayaw pumayag ang gobyerno, maghain sila ng kaso sa korte, kung pwede ba o hindi na ilibing. Bakit hanggang ngayon binibitin-bitin pa, kawawa naman ang dating Pangulo. Hanggang ngayon hindi pa nalalagay sa kanyang huling hantungan at maging mapayapa na rin hindi lamang ang kanyang kaluluwa pati na rin ang kanyang mga labi,” Escudero said.

On the EDSA 1 celebration, Escudero said “Filipinos should look at the situation of our country not as anti-Marcos or pro-Marcos or pro-Aquino o anti-Aquino.

“It’s 30 years now, ‘yong problema noong 1986 ay problema pa rin ngayon. Noong 1986, Aquino at Marcos ang pinag-uusapan, hanggang ngayon ba Aquino at Marcos pa rin, ang kasaysayan ba ng gobyerno at bansa ay nakapaloob na lang ba sa dalawang apelyedo? Wala na bang ibang apelyedo sa isandaang milyong Pilipino sa ngayon?,” Escudero asked.

The Galing at Puso tandem invaded on Thursday the Marcos country, particularly the northern provinces of Benguet, Abra and La Union. JUN ELIAS