Since the death of the ever influential and probably one of the most worldly popular President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., debates have already flourished between students, academicians, historians and political analysts on whether he is worthy of a burial of a hero.
Throughout his political career, Marcos had always portrayed himself as a heroic guerilla leader during the Japanese occupation in the Philippines.
According to the investigative report, Marcos asked the US Army to recognize his unit “Maharlika” who fought against the Japanese army during World War II to claim back pays and benefits as a guerilla fighter. But upon a rigorous study and investigation by the US Army on Marcos’s claim, it was found out that no such unit existed during the war and that
Marcos claimed that he led his men to battle 2,000 Japanese soldiers for five days, a fact which Ray C. Hunt Jr. a former Army captain who directed guerilla activities in the north of Manila considered as a completely fabricated story. Another military officer, Army Captain Elbert R. Curtis also said that Marcos’ claim that Maharlika served the entire North Luzon was likewise not true.
This might be the reason why the claimed extraordinary act of bravery which greatly led to a positive outcome of the battle was not even recognized by Carlos P. Romulo who was then appointed to the awards and decorations board that time, said Dr. Jose, an internationally recognized expert on World War II in the Pacific and the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines.
According to him, his investigation proves that Marcos was indeed in Bataan that time but he did not serve as a soldier but only an intel officer, the job of which is to gather information and not go the fields and kill.
This information gathered from US sources and historians will certainly raise a debate against the presumptive President’s stance on the burial of the late president Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani not because he is a hero or a former president but as a soldier.
“I will allow the burial of President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani not because he is a hero. He was a Filipino soldier, period. That can be arranged immediately,” Duterte said.
His remains are currently situated in Marcos Museum and Mausoleum in the heart of Batac, Ilocos Norte.
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