- Vice President Leni Robredo "strongly opposes" the decision of President Duterte to bury former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
- Duterte cited the late dictator's historical records during the World War II as a basis to give the latter a hero's burial
- National Historical Commission of thePhilippines (NHCP) has earlier presented facts noting that the late Marcos was not a war veteran
Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo is against the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to relocate from Ilocos Norte to the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City the remains of the former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
Following a command from Duterte who vowed during his electoral campaign , the burial is now being prepared by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Duterte said Marcos deserves to be buried at the Libingan because of his military records during the World War II.
On the other hand, the National Historical Commission of thePhilippines (NHCP) has earlier stated facts proving that the late Marcos was not a war veteran.
Robredo also expressed strong opposition on Monday, August 8. She noted that the president's order will not bring unity to the country, but will only deepen the unhealed wounds of Martial law victims.
"How can we allow a hero's burial for a man who has plundered our country and was responsible for the death and disappearance of many Filipinos? Those who have greatly committed crimes and moral turpitude to the Filipino people cannot be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani," she said.
"It is our responsibility to teach our children the heroism and sacrifice of our forefathers. And Mr. Marcos is no hero," the vice president furthered.
The late president's son, former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. was the closest contender of Robredo in the vice presidential race.
Bongbong has filed an electoral complaint against Robredo before the Supreme Court.
It can be recalled that Robredo also showed disagreement on Bongbong's pronouncement that he should not apologize for his father's shortcomings nor return the ill-gotten wealth.
"His heirs continue to deny that these sins against our people happened. They continue to have no remorse and still prevent the return of the wealth that they stole," Robredo remarked. - Kami Media