Duterte gives go signal to Marcos' burial in Heroes' Cemetery

Duterte gives go signal to Marcos' burial in Heroes' Cemetery

- Late President Ferdinand Marcos' remains are set to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani according to reports

- Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said  that President Rodrigo Duterte already gave the "go signal" for the planned burial 

- Libingan ng mga Bayani is a cemetery designated for Filipino soldiers, veterans, heroes, and martyrs

President Rodrigo Duterte has given the “go signal” for the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery) on September 18, according to reports.

The Philippine Star quoted the dictator’s son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, confirming that Duterte, after meeting with him this week, has already approved the set burial of his father, a week following his 99 birth anniversary.

According to former Senator Bongbong Marcos, his family is on current coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) which has jurisdiction over the Libingan.

Duterte gives go signal to Marcos' burial in Heroes' Cemetery

Late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos (Photo from rappler.com)

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The 10 Philippine president’s remains are located in a mausoleum in the Marcos’ home province, Ilocos Norte and will be reportedly transferred at the Heroes’ Cemetery.

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella and Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, when asked about the said burial, did not confirm the matter and said that they have not heard discussions regarding the strongman’s burial.

Last month, several Youth groups staged a protest at the University of the Philippines (UP) against the burial of the late president, while relatives of the buried heroes in at the Libingan considered moving the remains of their loved ones out the cemetery.

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Libingan ng mga Bayani is a resting place designated for the Filipino soldiers, war veterans, and people who are considered as heroes and martyrs. AFP however, have guidelines for exception, regarding who can be buried at the Libingan. If a person has been dishonorably discharged from service or if he is convicted of moral turpitude offense, he is not qualified to be rested at the cemetery.

After the Marcos regime in 1995, a Hawaii jury awarded $2 billion to almost 10,000 people who have been victims of human rights during the Marcos administration. The plan of Marcos’ burial in the Libingan has gained strong opposition from the families of the victims of Martial Law.

President Duterte has expressed support in May regarding the burial, saying that the late president is qualified "because he was a Filipino soldier, period." - Kami Media

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