The Marcoses just proved how sneaky they could get. On November 18, 2016, the Supreme Court allowed the body of the late President and dictator Ferdinand Marcos to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Earlier today, like a thief in the night (or the thief that they are), they sneaked Marcos’ carcass and finally buried him to where his family and loyalists believed to be his rightful place, among the nation’s heroes. Why I am not surprised at this? Maybe I am losing faith in this country or maybe I am simply used to seeing powerful people getting what they want. I should probably stop writing on topics such as this lest Martin Andanar (aka one of Duterte’s apologists) call me a temperamental brat and some people might accuse me of not knowing anything at all since I wasn’t even alive during Martial Law. Turned out apathy is the best policy when it comes to our nation’s history. As as I am concerned, dictators should never be considered heroes.
Today the Supreme Court ruled on the burial of the former president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos. For decades, the Marcos family has fought to have the former president be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes Cemetery), a national cemetery. Amidst criticisms and protests, the Supreme Court voted and got a 9-5 (yes-no) result. This is a very triumphant and happy day for the Marcoses and their loyalists and a tragic one for the victims (and their families) of the martial law v. Hero or not, as far as the Supreme Court is concerned, Marcos deserved to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Imee Marcos (the former President and dictator’s daughter) said after the ruling, “Ang sa akin tumalima tayo sa Korte Suprema. Kung ano man ang galit sa inyong puso, let it go na po, pagpapatawad nalang , let us move on”. Well, tell that to the people who died and got brutalized without getting justice. It’s funny to hear her say let us move on when it was her family who refused to bury their “loved one” for almost 3 decades because they want a “hero’s burial” for him. Why can’t they move on instead and bury him elsewhere?
This news really darkens my day. Some even called this day a national mourning day.