- Senator Dick Gordon proposes to change the name of the Heroes’ cemetery to unify the Filipinos
- Several protests were done after the Supreme Court allowed the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
- President Rodrigo Duterte already assured the protesters of their safety during their demonstrations
Amidst the ongoing protests and issues looming the burial of the late Dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon suggested to change “Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB)” back to its former name.
He was among the many politicians who weighed in on the question whether the former president deserved the burial. Even though he used to oppose Marcos’ decisions before, Gordon believed that it’s about time to bury the hatchet.
In order to appease the Filipinos who supported Marcos’ dictatorial regime and those who are still fighting for the apology which was never given by the Marcoses, the senator came up with a solution.
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According to him, it’s better to just change the name of the cemetery back to “Republic Memorial Cemetery.”
He formulated this idea with the intent of unifying the divided Filipinos. In addition, he also believed that in legalities, Marcos’ passed the requirements to be buried in the Heroes’ Cemetery.
The existence of the cemetery was in accordance with the Republic Act 289 which stated that it will be in construction for national heroes, patriots, and presidents of the Philippines.
Right after the Supreme Court ruled in their favor, the Marcos family gave the late president a hero’s burial last November 18.
However, this didn’t sit well with a lot of people including the families of the victims during the atrocities done during the Martial Law. They have already organized a number of protest rallies.
During a press conference by President Rodrigo Duterte on November 24, those who wish to join the protests will still be protected by the government as long as they will assemble in a public place.
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According to him, the demonstrators will no longer need to secure permits from their respective local governments.
Since it was against the protocol, the president already assumed the responsibility. In his words, “I will answer for all the legal issues there.”
He assured the public that even though he might not share the sentiments with them, he will still commit to the idea of democracy.
For sure, Duterte won’t be liking this video!
Duterte previously claimed that he wasn’t aware that Marcos’ burial will be done last November 18.