HOUSE leaders yesterday backed the decision of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte to bury next month the remains of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.
Parañaque City Rep. Gus Tambunting, Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, and Deputy Speaker and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro said ex-President Marcos’ burial will finally put closure to the issue that divides the country for a very long time.
“It’s putting the matter to rest, literally, and hopefully, of course,” Tambunting said as House Deputy Speaker and Negros Occidental Rep. Mercedes Alvarez told reporters in a press conference that Republic Act (RA) No. 289 which allows former presidents to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Villafuerte expressed his support for the burial of the late President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani as part of the fresh efforts by the Duterte administration to foster peace and reconciliation with all sectors.
He said the President has to make “controversial decisions despite criticisms” so long as such actions are for “the greater good of the greater number” of Filipinos.
“I support President Duterte’s decision to bury former President Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani so we can finally move forward and unite as a nation,” said Villafuerte. “The government should continue to make efforts to foster peace and reconciliation with all sectors of society.
Nograles said: “It is part of Filipino culture and belief that we bury the dead to allow the soul to rest in peace. Even our different religions -- and those with no religion -- believe in the tradition of respecting the body of the dead. There’s just something inside of us that moves us to let the dead have their final resting place. Anything less is cruel and morbid. Let’s just follow the golden rule: Do not do unto others what you do not want them to do unto you.”
Former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said that his father will be buried on September 18, 2016 as their family has started preparations for the interment rites that include military honors.
Citing RA No. 289 that Alvarez mentioned, Castro said in the same press conference that former President Marcos is qualified to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“Any other issues other than the physical burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani cannot be associated there,” said Castro.
“I have to assume that this has already been studied. Marcos has satisfied all the qualifications then I will subscribe to the decision of the President na si Marcos ay dapat ilibing sa mga Libingan ng mga Bayani,” said Castro.
“We are a government of laws and therefore our laws should be followed. We cannot set aside and disregard our laws,” Castro argued.
Deputy Speaker and Ilocos Sur Rep. Eric Singson said history should let decide the issues surrounding the alleged violation of human rights during the Martial Law days.
“’Yung ibang issues: human rights, social rights, sa history na siguro ’yung pag-uusapan. I mean, ’yung debate na ’yun talagang walang katapusan ’yun,” said Singson in the same press conference.