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Let history put closure to Apo Lakay’s burial

  • Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
  • Published in Opinion
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A SILENT majority is strongly supporting President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s decision to bury the remains of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani  in Taguig City.

Had it not been from some petitions before the Supreme Court (SC)  opposing the burial,  former President Marcos would have been finally laid to his final  resting place last September 18. It is but a part of fresh efforts by the  Duterte administration to foster peace and reconciliation with all sectors.
The decision on the controversial burial will be finally known on October 18.
Let history judge and finally put closure to the issue that has been  dividing the country for a very long time so that we can move forward  and unite as a nation.
I haven’t even heard of a single court that has decided in favor of the allegations against former President Marcos.
The question of Marcos being a hero is not a legal issue and should be best  left to the judgment of the people.
I have this belief that the burying place does not also determine whether a dead will go to hell or heaven, remember that all of us are accountable on Judgment Day.
Last September 18, Pearly Gardiner, Ilocano Associations of Australia  (IAA) Public Relations Officer (PRO), said members of their group  arrived in Laoag and Batac Cities in Ilocos Norte to express support for the burial of ex-President Marcos and see to it that the mausoleum where his  remains are preserved.
While Marcos supporters in Australia were very disappointed on the  Supreme Court’s decision to halt the preparations of the former  President’s burial, they believe that the funeral will push through  soon.
Despite this, IAA assured that the Ilocano Associations of Australia  will continue organizing vigil rallies calling for  the long-awaited burial  of ‘Apo Lakay’, nickname  of the former President. The group will also join the  global signature campaign to allow the funeral of the late president.
IAA has also conducted rallies in relation to the electoral protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos (BBM) against Vice President Leni  Robredo.
Also last September 18, the supporters of former President Marcos in  Hong Kong held a prayer service at the Bayanihan, Kennedy town.
The event was attended by members of Solid Loyalists International, Alcalenians Hong Kong, New Marcoseños Worldwide, Kabisig Society Hong Kong, Duterte Alliance Hong Kong and various Ilocano associations.       
Some leaders delivered their testimonies on the simplicity, kindness,  and excellence of FEM whom they regard as “the great president of the  Republic of the Philippines.”
While remembering the things which President Marcos has done for them  and their fellow Filipinos, the participants reiterated his vision for  the Philippines: “This nation can be great again.”
Indeed, the support of President Duterte’s decision to bury  ex-President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani has been gaining ground internationally.

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It’s good to hear that Sen. Joel Villanueva has remained committed to  address the job-skills mismatch in the country as one of his  legislative advocacies.
In fact, Villanueva, a former secretary general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), filed Senate Bill  No. 211 or “The Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) Act of 2016” that aims to provide employers specific training standards and  qualifications that are aligned with industry standards.
It intends to ensure that training and educational institutions adhere  to the standards and qualifications set by the Philippine  Qualifications Framework-National Coordinating Council (PQF-NCC).
The proposal will guide students on the competencies they may need for  their job interests while employers are able to easily identify the  basic work-skills their employees must possess to reduce job-skills  mismatch.
During his TESDA days, Villanueva showed “fantastic performance” in  improving the formerly graft-ridden image of the agency and making technical-vocational courses equally worthwhile and as rewarding as  college.
He was responsible for boosting international confidence among Filipino workers by making them more competitive and employable.

Villanueva, who chairs the Senate committee on labor, employment and  human resources development, turned more Filipino students to  technical-vocational education and training (TVET) as their next step to education for employment by providing them specialized and valuable  skills.
TVET is a system that turns out skilled workers who are the backbone  of the Philippines’ thriving economy.