CHIEF Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo has slammed Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for claiming that ex-President Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani was an attempt to forget and rewrite history.
In her speech at the alumni homecoming of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law, Morales did not directly mention Marcos’ burial but said the former President is still “the subject of the most rabid of debates and divergent views in the country today.” Chief Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo took exception to Morales’ statements as she paraphrased Lord Acton’s oft-quoted take: “As it turns out nowadays, those who could not remember history have the tendency to rewrite it. Much worse, there are a lot of people who simply do not want to read their history.”
Panelo reiterated that Marcos’ burial at the hero’s cemetery does not ascertain his status as a hero.
“The problem there is that you are making the act of burying a person in a particular burial site as a basis for being a hero. But that cannot be the case,” Panelo said.
Panelo also explained that Morales seems to tell us that there is an attempt to rewrite the history because from her point of view, the burying of former, late, President Marcos would be making him a hero, and that would be revision of history.’
Earlier, Panelo also lamented that Morales had “failed to appreciate the gravity of the drug problem.”
“We have four million potential killers, rapists, thieves because they are afflicted with drugs. We have, how many surrenderers? Almost a hundred thousand.”
Now, these surrenderers are the reasons why there have been extra judicial killings. Why? Because they’ve been pinpointing their colleagues as part of the drug syndicate, necessarily those who are being pointed at would be the cause of the so-called -- soft survival. They have to defend themselves, and how do they do that? They have to kill those who have surrendered. And those who have surrendered pointing to them would also have to defend themselves, kaya maraming patayan,” Panelo said.
Morales earlier said in her hard-hitting speech that one of the Ten Commandments is “thou shall not kill.” The said speech made a few allusions to the ethics of the drug war, before she described how Filipinos live in “trying times.”
“When leaders tend to send the message of promoting rather than condemning reprehensible acts that transgresses basic human rights -- the people ought to be concerned about it, rather than sheering out for sheer ignorance, callous conscience, blind loyalty or gorgonized fanaticism,” Morales said.