By: Elena Grace Flores
Filipino communities in the US and Bangkok where Vice President Leni Robredo recently visited for speaking engagements stages some protests against the burial of the late former President Ferdinand E. Marcos that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is giving full military honors for being a soldier a soldier and president. These overseas protests echoed the three consecutive protests by the martial law victims in the country.
The Supreme Court did not have a choice but to issue a restriction not to bury the late strongman at the Libingan ng mga Bayani or Heroes’ Cemetery at least for the next 20 days. The tentative burial date on September 18 resulted from the previous talks between Duterte and Marcos’s son Bongbong – but it seems that this will be delayed for the time being.
“Duterte has this notion that he can unite the nation by healing the wounds of the past,” stated Mong Palatino, a former legislator and political commentator. “Unfortunately, it involves reconciling with the remorseless Marcoses without demanding justice or accountability;” he added. The Philippine President however clarified that he allowed the Marcos’ burial at Heroes’ cemetery not because he’s a hero but a former soldier and president that is in line with the PNP’s policies.