Debates on whether or not former President Ferdinand Marcos should be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani are endless. But, to help you out, here are 6 reasons why he should be.
1. Almost 200 lawmakers from the House of Representatives have signed a resolution to grant Marcos a hero's burial.
Both the upper and the lower congress passed a resolution in 2011 calling for a national reconciliation to let the former president be buried at the Libingan.
Then President Benigno Aquino III, however, disagreed.
2. He is a former president and a war soldier.
The Philippine government insisted that Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. is qualified to be given a hero's burial.
"The Libingan is a national shrine for military memorials. As such, any president, commander-in-chief, war veteran or Medal of Valor awardee may be buried therein. These are indelible facts that are adequate reasons for a person to be interred in the Libingan in the case of former President Marcos, perhaps the only reasons," the government said as published in an online news site on August 22, 2016.
3. Any man who is already gone should be remembered for the good things he has done and not for the mistakes he has committed.
Ferdinand Marcos was an excellent Filipino. He was an excellent law student, lawyer, legislator and public servant.
He was brave enough to carry out what seemed to be ucommon but necessary during his time, that's to declare Martial Law due to complete anarchy in the Philippines. That was something the 1935 Constitution permitted him to do though which the same Constitution failed to set the parameters. He just did what needs to be done.
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4. President Rodrigo Duterte himself has decided to give Marcos a hero's burial.
Duterte being the Chief Executive has vowed to enforce the laws, and that includes allowing a hero's burial for the late dictator.
"Whether it is to the liking of the majority of the Filipinos, or maybe they find me obnoxious for allowing it, that is the law. And I'm sorry to say that we have to enforce the law," he once said to support his decision ordering the burial of Marcos at the Libingan.
5. Giving Marcos a hero's burial is not an issue of Martial Law victims.
Burying Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani has nothing to do with the issue of compensating the Martial Law victims.
The right to reparation of the victims of Martial Law will not be affected whether the decision to bury the late strongman at the Libingan is implemented or not.
In response to the petitioners who are stopping Marcos' burial, the heirs of Marcos submitted a comment to the High Court explaining that they will not suffer from any grave injury as a consequence of the burial.
"At best, the injury caused to petitioners is generic and abstract and do not merit the issuance of the writ of injunction prayed for," they defended.
6. The burial will bring closure to rest of the country.
The time has come to finally move on. The nation cannot seem to heal because of such political issues that has been in the consiousness of every Filipino.
Former Senator Bongbong Marcos, the son of the former strongman once said that his father's burial will make the ghosts of the past at peace, "This continuing partisan exchange that has been going over 30 years can finally be put to rest. I think that is the significance."
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