- In the mid-80s, international media have uncovered that former president Ferdinand Marcos' war records, if not most, were fake
- Manuel Rigor, son of war hero Major Conrado Rigor Sr., recently has spoken up that his father is the real hero of Bessang Pass and not the late dictator
- In a twist of events, Marcos has close ties with the late major and his wife, who served as his long-time secretary
More detractors than supporters have spoken up about their disapproval of burying the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, and Manuel Rigor is one of them.
Rigor is the son of Major Conrado Rigor Sr., a World War II veteran who has been given a spot in the said cemetery.
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However, he has kept his silence for too long and recently came out to confirm that Marcos' war records were fake - or at least a part of it.
Rigor shared to ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) program 'The World Tonight' that his father was recognized for his efforts on defeating the Japanese that invaded Ilocos Sur during the war. Major Conrado Rigor Sr. led his men in a resistance that lasted for half a year in Bessang Pass which paid off with a sweet victory. Their fight was one for the books since they were able to defeat one of the last remaining Japanese strongholds in the northern area of the country. This eventually led to the surrender of the invaders, who also gave up the flag of their commander, General Tomoyuki Mashita. The flag became a family heirloom that is now stored safely in a vault in the United States.
The information Rigor shared makes his father the hero of Bessang Pass. However, it contradicts the Hartzell Spence-written biography of the late dictator.
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According to 'For Every Tear A Victory: The Story of Ferdinand E. Marcos', the former president claimed that he was the hero of Bessang Pass.
"Quiet lang kami as a family but when ghost writers came up with books claiming that he was the hero of Bessang Pass, medyo umaalma-alma na kami, it cannot be. Dad is the real hero of Bessang Pass and we rightfully claim that. He [Marcos] cannot do that to us, and we have the proof," Rigor said.
(We are quiet as a family but when ghost writers came up with books claiming that he was the hero of Bessang Pass, we were so close on speaking up since it cannot be. Dad is the real hero of Bessang Pass and we rightfully claim that. He [Marcos] cannot do that to us, and we have the proof.)
The family was in shock when they found out about it, but circumstances have kept them quiet on the matter.
"The credit was taken from him [Major Conrado Rigor Sr.], kaya merong tampo ang pamilya as far as the Marcoses were concerned. Para bang why did they allow it, in fact, they did not even correct it. Kumbaga, they basked in the glory of someone else's credit," Rigor added.
(The credit was taken from him, and the family is displeased as far as the Marcoses were concerned. It's like, why did they allow it, in fact, they did not even correct it. It was as if they basked in the glory of someone's else credit.)
What has kept the family silent for decades was that Marcos has strong ties with Rigor's family. The former president was close to the late major and his wife Erlinda Nicolas since the three knew each other from their college days at the University of the Philippines.
Not only did the late president give the eulogy when Rigor's father died of a heart attack in 1960, he also made Rigor's mother as his secretary while in office.
The family has continued to keep quiet on the matter, refusing to comment even if the international press revealed that Marcos' war records were fake in the mid-80s.
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When asked if Marcos was indeed at Bessang Pass, the seventh child of Major Rigor responded that he was far from it.
"What he [Rigor's father] said during that time he was there and including some of those who participated dun sa Bessang, friends of my dad, they were the ones who said that's not true."
(What he [Rigor's father] said during that time he was there and including some of those who participated in Bessang, friends of my dad, they were the ones who said that's not true.)
Now that the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani looms near, Rigor joins the majority who do not want it to push through.
"I cannot seem to accept that that somebody else would claim my dad's medals or his credit. So that for me is foul. And after martial law, there was no remorse, no apology for the Marcoses whatsoever kaya I'm against his burial," he said.
(I cannot seem to accept that that somebody else would claim my dad's medals or his credit. So that for me is foul. And after martial law, there was no remorse, no apology for the Marcoses whatsoever that is why I'm against his burial.)
Despite his disapproval, Rigor remains hopeful that President Duterte can still reconsider his decision.
"Sana mareconsider lang ni President Duterte. Mahal naman siya [Marcos] sa Ilocos kahit dun na lang siya ilibing, kahit dalawa pang Taj Mahal pa gawin niyo in his honor, just do what is right. You know what is right."
(I hope that President Duterte reconsiders his decision. He [Marcos] is loved in Ilocos and it will be alright if he will be buried there instead, even if two Taj Mahals are going to be made in his honor, just do what is right. You know what is right.)
Another Marcos fraud has been exposed after decades of silence from those who knew the truth all along and uncertainty from those who were never able to verify it.
Now that most of Marcos' war records, if not all, were fake, do you think that President Duterte should change his mind in burying the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani before it's too late?
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