THE late President Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani “would be within the year.”
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella however is clueless on a working date for the burial but indicated that it is bound to happen soon.
“The best we can say is it will be within the year,” Abella said in a press briefing.
The Supreme Court this week ruled that the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to allow the burial of the late strongman at the Taguig cemetery does not violate the Constitution or any law.
The only son and namesake of the late President, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., said the family has resumed preparations for the burial.
Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Restituto Padilla earlier said it is up to the Marcos family to decide whether the former President would be accorded a state funeral befitting a former President or a more modest soldier’s burial.
Under the first option, Marcos will get arrival honors at the cemetery, a funeral march, a 21-gun salute, and Value of Fire rites.
Let us bury the past with Marcos.
This was the call made by former Manila Mayor and now Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza, himself a staunch oppositionist to and a victim of martial law.
During a news forum in Manila, Atienza said the public should respect the decision of the Supreme Court allowing the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Atienza said the issue of human rights violations must already be put to rest since Marcos has long passed away. He also noted a portion of the SC decision saying that while not everything that Marcos had done may be good, they were also not all bad.
While it may be extremely painful on the part of the families of alleged human rights victims, the SC decision must be accepted and followed to uphold the rule of law and to begin a unification process, noting that the issue had long divided the nation.
“Naiintindihan ko naman yung sentimiyento ng mga biktima lalo na iyong mga nawalan ng mahal sa buhay na hanggang sa ngayon ay hindi pa nakikita,pero patay na si Marcos sino pa ang kanilang hahabulin,” Atienza said.