TARLAC -- This home province of democracy icons Corazon Aquino and Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and their son, former President Benigno Aquino III is divided on the issue of the plan to bury the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Gov. Susan Yap said the controversial plan of the Duterte administration to allow the burial has split Tarlaqueños in spite of the strong opposition posed by the Aquinos.
Yap said residents of the province are composed of Kapampangans and Ilocanos, which explain for the diversity of opinions.
She said that among the 1.4-million Tarlaqueñoes, there is no prevailing sentiment or clear consensus as to whether they favor or oppose the burial plans for Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“The population of Tarlac is half-Ilocano and half-Kapampangan. That’s a fact. And there lies the problem,” she said.
She said that of the component city and 17 municipalities of the province, only three are pure Kapampangans with one town -- La Paz -- predominantly Tagalog, being adjacent to Nueva Ecija.
Yap is the sister of former governor and now Rep. Victor Yap. They are scions of the late Gov. Jose Yap, who was one of those incarcerated during Martial Law.
The governor, however, did not state her official and personal stand on the planned burial.