- National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) recommended that the strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr.'s remains should not be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
- NHCP chairperson Maria Serena Diokno said that based on their review, Marcos' claims are not well-supported
- NHCP conducted the review through historical archives and historians
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), based on the released results of their reviews regarding the late President Ferdinand Marcos, being a World War II soldier, recommended not to bury the strongman at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
According to NHCP chairperson Maria Serena Diokno, the results have already been sent as of July 12 this year. The paper entitled: "Why Ferdinand E. Marcos Should Not Be Buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani" shows that the claims about Marcos’s service as a soldier is not a fact.
Diokno said: "Doon po makikita na ang mga sinasabing medalya na natanggap -- Distinguished Service Cross, Order of the Purple Heart, Silver Star -- ay hindi pala niya (Marcos) natanggap."
(There, you can see that the medals that he claimed to have received-- Distinguished Service Cross, Order of the Purple Heart, Silver Star – are not actually received by him.)
She also added that Ang Maharlika, the guerilla unit Marcos is claiming to had formed during the occupation of the Japanese is not recognized by the United States.
"Sa kasaysayan kasi kapag may claim o posisyon na napatunayang hindi totoo, iyon po ay hindi tinatanggap. Hindi siya fact," Diokno stated.
(In history, if a claim or a position that is not proven, it will not be accepted. It is not a fact.)
The review also included Marcos’ claims about spending his first day in the year 1942 by ambushing a Japanese cyclist company where he killed 40 and turned back the rest. After the alleged massacre, Marcos took a samurai sword that presented by Gen. Douglas McArthur to President Franklin Roosevelt.
The claims, however, could not be considered because of lack of information specifically the origin of the sword.
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Diokno explained that the review done by the NHCP through primary sources such as historical archives as well as historians. She then said that such honor should not be granted to a person whom people have doubts with.
President Duterte has given the go signal for Marcos' burial at the Libingan which is set on September 18. - Kami Media