Soldiers won’t move vs Duterte, many still Marcos admirers
A RANKING official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) doused cold water on expectations that former President Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the ‘Libingan ng mga Bayani’ (LNMB) can be used by some quarters to stir discontent in the ranks of the military leading to a coup against President Rodrigo Duterte.
“For those expecting to use the Marcos burial issue against Pres. Duterte, their ‘problem’ is that most soldiers, including many military officers, are admirers of Pres. Marcos but secretly of course,” said the official who requested anonymity.
The official -- who has always been on the forefront of monitoring destabilization rumors or reports against at least three presidents before Pres. Duterte -- said groups wanting to exploit the burial of the late strongman last November 18 at the LNMB to sow dissension within the military are in for a big disappointment.
“It really is surprising, but that’s the fact -- the burial issue is not enough reason for the soldiers to move against Pres. Duterte,” the official said, adding that even Marcos’ son and namesake, former Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., has a “large” following among ordinary soldiers.
“Kahit kay Bongbong, marami siyang taga-suporta sa hanay ng ating mga sundalo.”
Since Marcos’ private but solemn burial at the LNMB upon the request of his family last November 18, small crowd of supporters of the Aquinos and “victims” of the martial law years have been staging pockets of protest and largely putting the blame on Duterte and the Supreme Court.
Duterte has repeatedly made known his intention to promote national unity by allowing the burial of Marcos at the LNMB “so the country can move on.” The SC, for its part, ruled in favor of the burial, citing lack of any legal impediment.
The source also expects the protest actions against the burial to wind down in the coming days. “Wala na ’yan, titigil na rin ang mga ’yan. Kasi tapos, na nangyari na, nakalibing na. It is better for our country and for all of us to move on,” the official added.