By: Elena Grace Flores
The dead has no power anymore upon the living. This is evident in the decission of burying the late President Ferdinand Marcos into the Libingan ng mga Bayani. President Rodrigo Duterte was urged by the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) the deathbed wish of former President Ferdinand Marcos to be buried next to her mother’s grave in Ilocos Norte.
“At his deathbed, Mr. Marcos himself asked that he be buried next to his mother in Ilocos, where he is revered and loved,”CEAP said.
“Fulfilling Mr. Marcos’s deathbed wish will give us all the unity and closure that this country desperately needs;”it added. However, their opinions failed to recognize the wishes of the surviving members of the Marcos family who bear all the shame and struggles of the martial law aftermath amidst allegations thrown into the older Marcos’s leadership. They are the ones that need to heal first and if that kind of burial will bring them healing, who are we to say no?
The group’s opinion that Libingan ng mga Bayani is “a national shrine for heroic Filipinos who have rendered great service and sacrifice for the nation” must be respected but should not be a basis of the decision of their plea not to bury the late president there – as President Duterte already said that it was built for soldiers and presidents as covered by the AFP policy. It’s a case of the CEAP’s words against the president’s.