For allowing FM burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani, hits critics for not opposing burial of Cory dog at LNMB
THE Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), thru its president, former Cong. Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, and Chairman/CEO Manuel M. Lazaro, lauded the judicious decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to allow the burial of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (LNMB), in the specific area assigned exclusively to all presidents of the Philippines in accordance with and pursuant to RA 289.
Sec. 2 of the law mandates the Board of National Pantheon shall determine the suitable site for the construction of the pantheon and “to set aside a portion thereof wherein shall be interred the remains of all presidents of the Philippines and another portion wherein the remains of heroes, patriots and other great men of the country shall likewise be interred.
Lazaro stated RA 289 expressly vested the duty and function of the executive department that the mortal remains of all presidents of the Philippines, without any distinction or qualification of whatever nature or character as the person or as the president, be interred in the burial place specifically assigned, only to all former presidents of the Philippines.
Lazaro further remarked, when President Duterte directed the burial of former President Marcos in the LNMB, he was merely executing his solemn oath as President to “faithfully and conscientiously fulfill his duties to preserve and defend the Constitution, execute [enforce] its laws and do justice to every man.”
President Marcos is buried as the former president of the Philippines, an undisputed fact, and not as otherwise perceived by detractors.
Philconsa President Romualdez intoned the only eligibility required to be buried to the specific place assigned to former presidents of the Philippines is he was a president.
Hence, the protests, rallies and oppositions against the burial are devoid of factual and legal basis.
The protesters irreverently and irrelevantly claim Marcos was not a hero or a patriot. President Marcos’ remains are being interred as the former president of the Philippines.
Romualdez further said that there is a specific burial place separate and distinct for heroes and patriots and other persons qualified to be buried.
Romualdez concluded it is ironic that the avid protesters or haters of President Marcos are opposing to his interment and none opposed to what has been publicized and reported the interment of the dog of former president Corazon Aquino named “Shadow” buried in the LNMB. The dog is neither a president, nor a hero or patriot. Shadow was an animal not even a human being.
Philconsa salutes President Duterte’s audacious decision to enforce RA 289, wittingly or unwittingly neglected, unfortunately, by the past presidents in violation of their oath of office to execute and enforce all laws.
President Duterte’s decision gives closure to a long and hanging issue.