No to a Marcos burial.
Relatives of those buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery) are mulling to transfer their loved ones if President-elect Rodrigo Duterte follows through on his promise to bury the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos there.
One of those mulling the move is singer and actress Celeste Gallardo’s family.
Her father is Cesar Legaspi, a National Artist for Visual Arts and considered a Philippine master of cubism.
“We have begun to secure the necessary requirements in order to remove my father from the Libingan ng mga Bayani. We hope to accomplish this before September 11,” said Gallardo.
Duterte earlier repeated his statement to bury Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, not because he is a hero but because he was a Filipino soldier.
When asked about the victims of human rights abuses during Martial Law, Duterte said the victims can claim monetary compensation.
He adds the controversy has “long created a division” among Filipinos, especially in the Ilocos Region, Marcos’ bailiwick.
Duterte said allowing the burial will “erase one hatred” from the people.
His recent pronouncements, while welcomed by Marcos loyalists, expectedly didn’t sit well with many people.
Some netizens even began an online campaign against the move.
Inquirer editor Chelo Banal-Formoso appealed to Duterte to cancel the plan to bury Marcos at the cemetery.
Her grandfather is Conrado Banal Sr, who fought against the Japanese in World War II.
“Ferdinand Marcos Sr, on the other hand, did everything he could to stay on and on in Malacañang with his family… He bequeathed wealth to his wife, his children, his children’s children, his children’s children’s children, ad infinitum, in the form of properties that he usurped from other families and huge sums of money that he borrowed in the name of the Filipino people,” said Formoso.
Extrajudicial killings, torture, and warrantless arrests were rampant during the Martial Law regime.
Formoso said that she will transfer her grandfather’s remains to another cemetery if Duterte allows a Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.