- A petition calling out the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte has been circulating on social media
- The appeal states that Duterte's wish to bury the remains of the late Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani is "against the former President's own wishes, which was to be buried beside his mother Doña Josefa, in their hometown in Ilocos"
- The burial of the former president at the Heroes' Cemetery is set on September 18 but the petitioners who identified themselves as Duterte's Ilocano partners for change, are hoping that the iron-fisted president will change his mind
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This is what the petition reads:
"Dear President Rody:
"We are Filipinos living in Region 1, where many voted for you. We are asking for your help with regards to your call for national unity and to promote healing in our land.
"Sir, we know you promised then Sen. Bongbong Marcos that in exchange for his support for you, you will allow him to bury former Pres. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, against even the former President's own wishes: which was to be buried beside his mother Doña Josefa, in their hometown in Ilocos.
"Bongbong did support you, even after he had declared himself Sen. Miriam Santiago's running mate, betraying Sen. Miriam. He even implicated you in betraying Alan Cayetano, until you strongly emphasized that Sen. Cayetano is indeed your running mate.
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"Last week, right after Bongbong revealed that they had plans to bury FEM at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Sep. 18, many of us were alarmed and voiced our concern. In response, your office declared yesterday that no official plans have been set for Marcos' burial in September, but our joy was short-lived because this morning we were informed via the news that they are moving the burial to Thursday this week.
"Sir, as Ilocanos, we ask you to STOP their plans, and to KEEP MARCOS IN ILOCOS. For many decades now, his tomb in Ilocos has boosted tourism and the local economy here. Hundreds, if not thousands, could be jobless if Apo Marcos were to be moved.
"Resting in Ilocos was also the late President's wish -- and it is a wise thing, to be buried close to the people that mattered most to him. If he is to be given a State Funeral on the account that he was a former President, let it be here in Batac, Ilocos Region -- that would be fair. But to allow him buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani will be an injustice to the thousands of people who were tortured and died under his dictatorship, and an affront to the legacy of your own mother, who fought against his Martial Law, too.
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"Thank you, Mr. President, for reading our plea. We hope and pray that you will be able to honor both the wishes of the late Ferdinand Marcos Sr., and the memory of people like your mother, who embodied true loyalty to country. Keep Marcos in Ilocos, bury him beside his mother, just as he wished.
Your Ilocano Partners for True Change and Progress"
- Kami Media