- Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel filed a bill which seeks to separate the Libingan ng mga Bayani from the cemetery for historic Filipinos
- Pimentel proposed a cemetery to be called "Libingan ng mga Makasaysayang Pilipino" or LNMP
- LNMP will be alloted for the remains of all the Presidents of the Philippines, national heroes, and patriots
After the burial of the late president Ferdinand Maros at the Libingan ng mga Bayani which left supporters rejoicing and anti-Marcos activists protesting, Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimetel proposed a bill which aims to separate the LNMB from the cemetery to be allotted for historic Filipinos.
Pimentel filed Senate Bill 1246 or “An Act Segregating Parcels of Land within the Libingan ng mga Bayani Allocated for the Remains of Filipino Historical Figures to be Known as the Libingan ng mga Makasaysayang Pilipino.”
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“Since no new National Pantheon was constructed pursuant to the said law, LNMB served as the National Pantheon envisioned under the law to be the burial place of the mortal remains of all the Presidents of the Philippines, national heroes, and patriots.”
The bill seeks to separate the cemetery for members of the military which is the LNMB from the burial place for historic Filipinos such as Presidents of the Philippines, statesmen, dignitaries, and national artists and scientists.
The cemetery will be called "Libingan ng mga Makasaysayang Pilipino" or LNMP. If the bill is passed into law, the LNMB will be preserved as a military memorial and will retain its purpose when it was established as the Republic Memorial Cemetery in 1947.
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Republic Act 248, which was enacted in 1948, mandated the construction of a National Pantheon which will be allotted for the remains of all Presidents of the Philippines, national heroes, and patriots yet no pantheon has been erected.
Because of this, Pimentel said that this is the reason why Filipinos of historical interest and others are interred in the LNMB as stated in the AFP Regulation G 161-375.
Pimentel is the president of PDP-Laban, President Rodrigo Duterte's party.
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