- Former President Benigno Aquino III was blamed by the camp of former Vice President Jejomar Binay for not acting on the Marcos burial issue
- Salgado, former spokesperson of Binay, said that the Office of the Vice President sent a recommendation to Aquino to allow the burial of Marcos at Batac, Ilocos Norte
- Martial law victims are asking the Supreme Court to stop the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’’ Cemetery)
The camp of former Vice President Jejomar Binay said that the debate on the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos could have been ended, however, former President Benigno Aquino III did not act on the issue.
According to the former Vice-President’s Spokesperson Joey Salgado, Binay received an order from Aquino to examine the issue of burying the remains of the martial law dictator at Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery).
As early as 2011, Binay submitted a recommendation to the Office of the President to allow the burial of Marcos in Batac, Ilocos Norte. Such arrangement was agreed by the Marcos family, according to the former vice-president.
In a released statement, Salgado said, ‘The OVP (Office of the Vice President) solicited the comments of various political parties, sectors, organizations and the general public. The Office also held consultations with the Marcos family on the issue. The OVP received over 3,000 responses through text, email, and letters.’
However, Salgado noted that the camp of Aquino did not act on the recommendation which is why the Philippines is faced with a debate over whether Marcos should be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani or not. Such contentious issue could have been resolved a long time ago according to Salgado.
Meanwhile, martial law victims sent their pleadings to the Supreme Court to stop the planned burial of the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani following the firm decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to allow the burial of Marcos at the said cemetery.
The petitioners said that the late dictator was no hero as seen from his abusive leadership and questionable military record, therefore he is definitely unfit to be buried at a cemetery dedicated to heroes of the country. Further, the burial will be a violation of the law and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) regulations.
Included in the list of petitioners are the leftist groups Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) and Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (Selda).
‘The interment of the remains of Marcos at the LNMB [Libingan ng mga Bayani] with the honors that supposedly befit only Filipino Heroes with overall unblemished integrity and dignity is contrary to the Constitution,’ said the petitioners. – Kami Media