- Last Friday, Ferdinand Marcos was suddenly buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
- Asked for comments, President Duterte said he did not know about the burial
- Duterte urged everyone to move on and live with the grief
Last Friday, November 18, the Marcos family surprised everyone. Without anyone knowing, the Marcos family took the body of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and buried it at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Today even president Duterte himself claims that he had no prior knowledge of the late dictator’s surprise burial.
President Duterte said, "In all honesty, I'm telling you: wala akong alam. Nagtanong lang sila when would be the appropriate time for me. Sabi ko, 'Bahala kayo.' And wala ako, wala, wala (In all honesty, I'm telling you: I knew nothing. They were asking me when would be the appropriate time for me. I said, "It's up to you." I had no idea.)."
No one was expecting it. Friday morning seemed like a normal day, then the news came up and announced that the burial of the former dictator will take place within an hour.
Completely taken by shock the country watched a dictator get buried in a Libingan ng mga Bayani.
The military and the police claimed that they too had no knowledge of what was happening until only a day before the burial. But when they found out they stayed silent in respects to the Marcos family.
Even Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who has authority over the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), which guards the Libingan ng mga Bayani, claimed that he also had not prior knowledge of the burial.
Duterte was on his way to Peru when the burial commenced. He claimed that he never asked specifics, such as date and time, of the burial.
The president said, "Hindi rin ako nagtatanong at bakit ako magtanong? (I did not ask because why will I ask?) I allowed it already so what's it to me? What would I get if I had known in advance whether he will be there for the interment on that day?"
Duterte continues by saying, "Maraming pros and cons (There are many pros and cons) but there are two outstanding [roles he had]: soldier and a president. But he was not a hero. That's a word against their word."
To the people who opposes the burial, Duterte had this to say, "There was really a deep wound somewhere in the country. But for those who cannot really forgive, 'yun ang mahirap (there's the difficulty). You just have to live with your grief and that grief is hate."
A petition was filed by leaders of leftist groups against the AFP, Department of National Defense and the Marcos family for having gone through with the burial even though the Supreme Court has not yet finalized the matter involving Ferdinand Marcos’ burial in the hero’s cemetery.
As of now anti-Marcos are hoping that justice will follow and that the petition will pull through.
Duterte who has made a promise to allow the Marcos’ burial, has fulfilled yet another vow. But is it really for the better of the country?
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