- Following the secret burial for former President Ferdinand Marcos on Friday, several lawmakers stood firmly to have the late dictator's body removed from the Libingan ng mga Bayani
- The Marcos family was successful to transfer the late strongman's body from Batac, Ilocos Norte to the Heroes Cemetery in Taguig City without the public's knowledge
- Anti-Marcos forces won't be silenced nevertheless
Senator Francis "Kiko" Panglinan, president of the Liberal Party (LP) and one of the student activists during the time of Martial Law, argued that just because Marcos was already buried does not mean his corpse will stay there for good.
"Dahil habang may mga taong naninindigan laban sa naging pag-aabuso ng diktadura, itutulak natin na ang mga labi niya ay dapat ilipat," Pangilinan said in a statement.
(While there are still people who stand against the abuses of the dictatorship, we will push to have his body transferred.)
"They may have won this battle but the war is far from over," the senator furthered.
Similarly, Senator Risa Hontiveros was displeased. She contended that the history on the many human rights abuses during Martial Law can never be concealed.
"Walang puntod, walang mausoleo, walang desisyon ng anumang korte o utos ng sinumang pangulo ang makapaglilihim sa katotohanan na hindi bayani si Marcos," the female senator said.
(No grave, no mausoleum, no decision of any court or order from any president can hide the truth that Marcos is not a hero.)
Likewise, Senator Bam Aquino reminded everyone to stay watchful of our liberty to avoid history from repeating itself.
"Now more than ever, we must remain vigilant that our democracy remains and that we don't repeat the bloody mistakes of the past," Aquino said.
Meanwhile, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman noted that they filed a manifestation before the Supreme Court to appeal its decision on Marcos burial that the petitioners were supposed to have.
"So if the burial is precipitated then most probably we can file a motion to have the remains exhumed from having been buried despite the lack of finality of the Supreme Court decision," Lagman told ANC.