Like A Thief In The Night, Marcos Has Been Buried in the LNMB

That’s how the Marcos family did it.Like a thief in the night.

Around 12 NN today, Former President Ferdinand Marcos has been buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani with full military honors, giving closure to his family and supporters but reopening wounds inflicted by his 21-year rule marked by human rights atrocities.

The “simple and private” funeral rites, as requested by the Marcos family, were carried out late Friday morning so that the remains of Marcos would be interred by 12 noon, Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde said in an interview with different media groups.

Albayalde said there was a 21-gun salute for the late strongman as part of the military honors, but there was no parade that marked a state funeral service.

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa told reporters outside the cemetery gates that 3 helicopters brought members of the Marcos family and the remains of the late dictator to the LNMB.

Reporters who were at the Heroes’ Cemetery said they thought there would only be a rehearsal for the burial until the PNP chief himself arrived on site.

Dela Rosa said police were only informed about the final schedule of the burial on Thursday night. He said authorities were ordered to ensure that the former president would be “buried properly.”

Palace spokespersons said they did not know about the burial, which was carried out while President Rodrigo Duterte was abroad. He left Manila on Thursday to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in Peru.

Maximum tolerance

Asked how the police would deal with anti-Marcos groups who were expected to flock to the area, Dela Rosa said, “Maximum tolerance, hindi maximum paluan (not maximum beating)….We are prepared [for them].”

RJ Piniera, a media relations officer of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, said Imee flew to Manila last night.

Kaming mga Ilocano pupunta ng Manila kasi [may] pasasalamat rally baka sakali mailibing(We Ilocanos will go to Manila because there’s a thanksgiving rally in case the burial pushes through),” Piniera said.

Marcos supporters were reportedly informed about the plan but were asked to keep it confidential.

The funeral rites for Marcos took place over a week after the Supreme Court, voting 9-5, ruled in favor of a hero’s burial for the former president. The petitioners against a state interment for Marcos, mostly Martial Law victims, had filed manifestations before the Court that they would file a motion for reconsideration on the ruling.

SC spokesperson Theodore Te said the burial is not prohibited as the Court had already lifted the status quo ante order on it.

‘Like a thief in the night’

Vice President Leni Robredo strongly condemned the hero’s burial for Marcos and reiterated her position that “he is no hero.”

“Like a thief in the night, the Marcos family deliberately hid the information of burying former President Marcos today from the Filipino people,” Robredo said in a statement.

Barry Gutierrez, counsel for the anti-Marcos court petitioners, said the burial was illegal because of the outstanding appeals.

“It’s not really surprising that this is happening. Marcos flouted the law when he was still alive, and even at his burial, he is still breaking the law,” Gutierrez told Agence France-Presse.

“We are shocked and angered,” Gutierrez added.

Anti-Marcos groups and others opposed to the burial, who were caught flat-footed by the surprise burial, also slammed the Marcoses for their “underhandedness” and said they would mark the day with a “Black Friday” protest.

“This is a continuing deception, deviousness, abuse, and underhandedness of the Marcos family. They are just continuing the abuses and atrocities committed during the martial law regime,” said Albay Representative Edcel Lagman.

Rule of plunder, abuse

Marcos ruled the Philippines for two decades until forced into US exile by the “People Power” revolution, a largely peaceful event that inspired democracy movements throughout Asia and around the world.

Marcos, his infamously flamboyant wife Imelda, and their cronies plundered up to $10 billion from state coffers during his rule, according to government investigators and historians.

The dictator also oversaw widespread human rights abuses to maintain his control of the country and enable his plundering, with thousands of people killed and tortured, previous Philippine governments said.

Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International in 2004 named Marcos the second most corrupt leader of all time, behind Indonesian dictator Suharto.

The Philippines’ foreign debt went from $2.67 billion in 1972, when Marcos declared martial law, to $28.2 billion in 1986, according to the World Bank.

After Marcos died in Hawaii in 1989, his family began a successful political comeback and tried repeatedly to have him buried at the heroes’ cemetery, where other presidents and celebrated military figures are interred.

Imelda became a congresswoman and fended off all corruption charges against her.

Two of her children established themselves as influential politicians. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, was the more successful, becoming a senator before almost winning the vice presidency this year.

However previous presidents had refused to allow the burial in the heroes’ cemetery because of Marcos’s crimes, so the family kept the preserved body in a glass casket at his home in the northern province of Ilocos Norte.

The family’s fortunes changed with the election of Duterte, a longtime ally of the Marcos family, as president in May this year.

He said Marcos deserved to be buried at the heroes’ cemetery based on the fact he had been a president and a veteran of World War II.

Duterte also said he owed loyalty to the family because his father served in the Marcos government and the family had helped fund his election campaign. (taken from Rappler.com)

 

MY TIDBITS ON THE BURIAL:

It looks like many friends of mine who are Loyalists (except one, who is an exception to the rule) are now asking me to move on and telling me to commit suicide. But with me, it’s not the case. I can ask the teacher who’s teaching Philippine History to make me a guest lecturer on Martial Law to educate the youth on the massive corruption, nepotism , and human rights violations. Even MalacaƱan has been caught off guard by this. Now, I think that #NeverAgain has meaning once more, and also, I think that the burial was done clandestinely to prevent opposition to the SC ruling. Shame that money can be used to buy Supreme Court Justices and even the highest post in the land. Even the Dutertrolls, with their Marcos Trolloyalist allies are now celebrating because naisahan na naman nila ang mga anti-Marcos at mga pro-Aquino. O bayan ko, bakit ka nagkaganito?

THIS IS DEFINITELY A SAD DAY IN PHILIPPINE HISTORY. But the fight is not yet over.

You can bury a man, but you cannot change history

Like many of the anti-Marcos crowds who were awaiting the decision, at 1:00 PM, PST, I was stunned to hear that the SC has ruled in favor of the Marcoses. That is one decision that they pulled a dick move on. And according to Marcosian statistics, 30% are anti-Marcos? Come on. Unlike you goddamned Nazi fanatics, I know historical facts that can never be changed, like the U.S. Army records that show Marcos never founded “Ang Maharlikha” and that his boasting that he is the hero of Bessang Pass was never true.

Aside from that, you fucktards are quoting Bongbong Marcos and asking me to move on. How can we move on when there are wounds left unhealed? How can we move on when you have not apologized for all the crimes you have done against the Filipino people? Like what Mang Boni Ilagan just said on TV Patrol a few minutes ago, if we want to heal this country and move on,

1. The Marcoses should acknowledge their patriarch’s crimes against the thousand of Filipinos that are missing, killed or tortured.
2. They should also return all ill-gotten wealth.

Yes, I agree with Mang Boni, since it is naturally right! Look at Germany. They acknowledged that the Holocaust happened, apologized to Israel, and became their biggest firearms exporter. If Germany can do it, why can’t we? You can bury a man, but you cannot change what happened in the dark page of our country’s history. To quote George Santayana, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. And in Justice Marvic Leonen’s words “Ferdinand Marcos is no hero. Therefore, his remaines SHOULD NOT BE TRANSFERRED TO THE LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI”.

And apparently, I am besieged on all sides, by “Friends” who say I should move on. Do you not know that my grandfather was among the people who fought in EDSA in 1986? Do you not know that I lost someone related to me during those dark days? Do they not know how it’s hard to fight for your principles when people are ridiculing you? I’ve done that, and my teachers acknowledged my principles. And if you dare attack me, I suggest you unfollow me. Ganyan naman ang sistema ngayon, di ba? Pinapatay ang mga ayaw sa administrasyon para patahimikin sila. Ganyan ang tingin ninyo sa akin, di ba? Kaaway ng administrasyon. Ganyan ba??? Tangina.

To end this essay, let me quote APO Hiking Society’s vocalist Jim Paredes. “Let me be Presidential and express myself. PUTANG INA. Hero ba yan? Putang Ina! Wala bang na-torture? Napatay? Nanakaw? PUTANG INA!”