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Published on Feb 16, 2011
P-Noy mum on calls to bury Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani, Sen. Bongbong Marcos says it's "a right that we would like to exercise" Published: February 17, 2011
President Noynoy Aquino is "thinking of inhibiting" himself from deciding on whether or not to bury the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, reports GMA News.
"Anything I say on the matter sasabihin decided on a subjective basis rather than on an objective basis. We would want to spare our country from that," Aquino said yesterday. "I have a government official whom I will task to study (it)."
According to GMA News, military men who died in the line of duty or were honorably discharged, veterans, former presidents, government dignitaries, statesmen and national artists are allowed to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
On the issue on the burial of Marcos, who was ousted in the 1986 People Power Revolution, Aquino said, "Should it be in recognition of his being a soldier during World War II, because he was a former commander-in-chief or because he was a former President?"
GMA News quoted Aquino: "Of course there will be a sector—a significant sector especially we're celebrating the 25th anniversary of EDSA (People Power Revolution) next week—na nagsasabi na bibigyan natin ng honor as commander-in-chief and as President, hindi ba tinaggal iyong mandato sa kanya ng taumbayan? So paano magkakaroon ng entitlement? (who say that even though Marcos served as commander-in-chief and President, he was ousted by the people. So how will be entitled to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani?)"
24 Oras report
On Tuesday, Marcos' son Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said, "We've always said that it's his right as a former President, as a former soldier, as a bemedaled soldier, that he be buried (at the) Libingan ng mga Bayani."
GMA News quoted the Senator: "I think it's becoming clear that this is very much a political issue... and ordinary people are beginning to see why there is this inequitable treatment... Hopefully we can put (politics) aside now, and put this issue to rest."
Some victims of human rights abuse during Martial law have spoken against calls to bury Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, reports GMA News. "Itinaboy ng buong Pilipinas 'yon eh. Tapos tatawagin mong bayani (He was driven away by the entire country. Now you want to call him a hero)," said Mila Sibayan, a member of Claimants 1081 which has been pursuing a class suit against Marcos in a US court.