Archbishop Socrates Villegas: CBCP head blasts attempts to ‘silence’ bishops and statement on former President Marcos burial

Archbishop Socrates Villegas: CBCP head blasts attempts to ‘silence’ bishops and statement on former President Marcos burial

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Philippines, and Bishops Antoine Chbeir of Latakia in Syria and Montfort Stima of Mangochi in Malawi arrive for a press conference at the CBCP headquarters in Intramuros, Manila, Nov. 14, 2016. (Photo: CBCPNews)

MANILA, Nov. 14, 2016— A ranking Catholic bishop has lamented what he called Christian “persecution” in the Philippines in the form of moves to silence the Church on socio-political issues.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Philippines, said it may be all part of critics’ strategy to force their will on people and discredit the Church.

While Christians are being being persecuted in various of the world, he said the pressure is going on in the Philippines to limit what Church people can publicly say.

He said critics feel they must silence bishops, priests, and the religious to fulfill their objectives, or at least to minimize the Church’s influence.

“Another type of persecution is to silence the Church… to tell the Church to keep quiet and not get involved in anything that is not in a manner of speaking [religious], so the Church will not get engaged in politics, culture, business or whatever form,” said Villegas.

“That is another form of persecution because the Church must really get involved. We cannot tell the Church to keep quiet. It’s not in the nature of the Church to keep quiet because the Church must always proclaim,” he explained.

The archbishop, who is also the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, was speaking in a press conference on Monday to launch ACN Philippines.

Asked whether he believes the government is part of those attempting to gag the Church, the archbishop said not entirely.

“I don’t think there is one group in the Philippine society that is responsible because the persecution of the Church can even happen because of insiders in the Church. It is not limited to the government, atheists, non-Catholics. It happens,” he said.

The prelate also said the separation of Church and State can never mean Christians should be silent about legislative issues and public policies, especially those that affect the welfare of the majority.

“There is nothing in Church laws that ban us from guiding people with political education, human rights. There is no separation between God and man. Because when God is separated from man and man is separated from God, man becomes the loser while God still stays as God,” he added.

“If we will stop, we will be betraying our mission already. It is not in the nature of the Church to stay quiet because the mandate that we received from the Lord before he ascended to heaven is to ‘go and tell all nations the Gospel’,” Villegas also said.

Villegas said this is the reason why the local Church welcomes the inauguration of the ACN Philippines as it will help serve persecuted Catholics in the country.

Founded in 1947 as a Catholic Aid Foundation for war refugees and recognized as a papal foundation since 2011, ACN is dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, wherever they are persecuted, oppressed, or suffering material need.

“I’d like to look at it as a step higher for Philippine Church. With ACN in the Philippines, we also have become not just a receiving Church but a giving Church,” said Villegas. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews) 

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Archbishop Socrates Villegas: Statement on the Supreme Court decision to allow the burial of former president Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

Libingan Ng Mga Bayani (CBCPNews)

We do not forget!

We are saddened by the decision of the Supreme Court to allow the burial of former President Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. We see this as another step to build the culture of impunity in the country. Marcos is no hero! He should not be presented as one. During Martial Law he had made many people suffer by arbitrary torture and death. He has deprived many poor people of their basic needs while his family and cronies were enriched. We do not forget this! We will not allow that this be forgotten by the future generations in order that the same strong-hand oppression may not happen again.

Those who do wrong should be made accountable. First they should admit the wrong they have done. Up to now this is not being recognized by the Marcos family and his cronies. Then the victims of human rights abuses have not been properly compensated for. This is a matter of justice.

Burying Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani will not bring peace and unity to the country. Peace can only come if there is justice. Justice demands recognition of the harm done to the people and restitution to the victims. We as Church work for peace and unity that is based on truth and justice for all, especially for the poor and the victims.

We are very sad. The burial is an insult to the EDSA spirit. It mocks our fight to restore democracy. We are puzzled and hurt and in great grief. It calls on us for greater courage to make the full truth of the dictatorship known.

Yes, we do not forget and we will not forget!

From the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, November 9, 2016

Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan
President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

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‘It mocks our fight to restore democracy,’ Archbishop Socrates Villegas says after the Supreme Court allowed a hero’s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos

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Published 7:03 PM, November 08, 2016
Updated 7:29 PM, November 08, 2016

‘IN GREAT GRIEF.’ Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas says the Supreme Court ruling allowing a hero’s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos ‘is an insult to the EDSA spirit.’ File photo courtesy of CBCP News

MANILA, Philippines – Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas on Tuesday evening, November 8, denounced the Supreme Court (SC) decision to allow a hero’s burial for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Villegas is the protegé of the late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, who helped oust Marcos through the EDSA People Power Revolution of 1986.

“I am very sad. The burial is an insult to the EDSA spirit,” Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said in a text message to Rappler on Tuesday evening.

Villegas also said of the SC ruling: “It mocks our fight to restore democracy. I am puzzled and hurt, and in great grief.” (READ: Supreme Court: Marcos was not pure evil)

Villegas issued this statement on Tuesday as archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan in Pangasinan, not as CBCP president. He said the CBCP statement is “still being prepared.”

Villegas was the 25-year-old private secretary of Sin when Filipinos ousted Marcos and restored Philippine democracy on February 25, 1986. (READ: EDSA: ‘Hand of God’ seen from the House of Sin)

The archbishop issued his statement shortly after the SC on Tuesday voted 9-5to allow a hero’s burial for Marcos, as proposed by President Rodrigo Duterte. (READ: Supreme Court: Marcos was not pure evil)

The Marcos family celebrated the ruling as a vindication, but the late dictator’s critics said it disregards the human rights abuses and other wrongdoing during the Marcos regime. –

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Marcos burial: What did the dissenting SC justices say?

MANILA, Philippines – Five justices voted in favor of the petitioners who opposed the planned burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Four of them issued separate dissenting opinions: Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Marvic Leonen and Alfredo Caguioa. Justice Francis Jardeleza was the fifth dissenter.

Supreme Court (SC) Spokesperson Theodore Te announced Tuesday, November 8, that the High Court has lifted the status quo ante order and allowed state interment for the late dictator, arguing that there is no specific law prohibiting it. (READ: Supreme Court: Marcos was not pure evil)

Four of the 5 dissenters (excluding Carpio) were appointed by former president Benigno Aquino III, the son of two democracy icons who staunchly fought the Marcos dictatorship.

Here’s a summary of the dissenting opinions of the 5 magistrates:

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

  • President Rodrigo Duterte acted with grave abuse of discretion by allowing the burial because it violates domestic and international law “to do justice for human rights victims” – both monetarily and non-monetarily.
  • Marcos’ intermet would be the “antithesis of symbolic reparation”.
  • Public funds may not be used to honor Marcos who was named a “dictator, plunderer and a human rights violator” by the judiciary and the legislative.
  • “Bringing about national unity and healing itself, is insufficient to justify the use of public funds absent a public purpose.”

Senior Justice Antonio Carpio

  • Even if Marcos was a medal of valor awardee, he “ceased to qualify” for interment at the heroes’ shrine because he was ousted through the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.
  • “Marcos’ ouster is beyond judicial review and must be accepted as an incontrovertible fact, which has become part of history.”
  • He disagreed with the majority argument that Marcos was not dishonorably discharged based on the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Circular 17 Series 1987 because the late strongman was ousted before it was passed and it cannot be applied retroactively.
  • The senior magistrate pointed out that Marcos is the “very antithesis of freedom and democracy because he was a dictator as declared by the [SC].”
  • Burying Marcos at the national shrine is also contrary to public policy, based on Republic Act 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparations Act.

Justice Marvic Leonen

  • Based on the Constitution, only the Filipino people “can determine a President’s place in history”
  • Marcos is not a hero or “an exemplary public officer” because of the human rights atrocities committed under his regime
  • The orders to bury him at the Libingan ng mga Bayani violate Republic Act 289, which created the National Pantheon. Section 1 of the law says that only those “who have led lives worthy of emulation” can be buried at the heroes’ shrine.
  • Duterte’s order to allow the burial contradicts his oath of office “because they encourage impunity, which is the result of rewarding the person who presided over human rights violations and who personally participated in the plunder of public treasury.”
  • The government failed to show factual basis to prove that Marcos’ burial would not violate RA 289 in relation to the findings of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). The NHCP earlier released a study disputing the claims that Marcos was a soldier and war veteran.

Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa

  • The justice says the argument that the late president’s burial does not make him a hero “disregards the status of LNMB as a national shrine, the public policy in treating national shrines, [and] the standards set forth in these laws and executive issuances…”
  • The Revised Administrative Code of 1987 allows the President to identify the purpose of certain public lands through a proclamation or an executive order. But President Rodrigo Duterte issued only “verbal orders” to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, which falls short of what is prescribed by law.
  • Burying Marcos’ remains is not of public purpose and does not justify disbursement of public funds. –

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This is a horrible day for democracy.

Thanks to the Supreme Court, the Philippines will be a laughing stock of the world. We kicked out a reviled dictator and now we are honoring him by burying him in our national heroes cemetery. No less than our Supreme Court wants our citizens, our children to honor a plunderer and tyrant. This is shameful and deplorable.

Now the Supreme Court wants Mr. Marcos, who it previously called a “dictator…who caused twenty years of political, economic and social havoc in the country”, buried alongside our heroes.

Rather than effect closure as the final arbiter of all disputes, the Supreme Court has reopened old wounds. If the Supreme Court thinks it has the final say on the matter, then they are terribly mistaken. Burying Marcos in the Libingan has created a huge divide that will haunt the nation for days and years to come.

The law creating the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Republic Act 289, reserved its sacred grounds for heroes to be emulated by “this generation and of generations still unborn”.

Marcos is not a hero. His burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani desecrates our democracy and the memory of those who fought for freedom and justice in our country.

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Payahag ni Sen. Francis Pangilinan sa Desisyon ng Korte Supreme ukol sa Paglibig kay Marcos

Kahindikhindik ang araw na ito para sa demokrasya.

Dahil sa Korte Suprema, ang Pilipinas ay katatawanan sa mata ng buong mundo. Pinatalsik natin ang kinamumuhian na diktador at ngayon pinararangalan naman natin siya sa pamamagitan ng paglibing niya kasama ang ating mga pambansang bayani. Ang Korte Suprema mismo ang nagnanais na parangalan ng ating mga kababayan, ng ating mga anak ang isang mandarambong at diktador. Nakakahiya ito at nakakalungkot.

Ngayon, nais ng katas-taasang hukuman na si Ginoong Marcos, na dati nitong tinawag na isang ‘diktador… na siyang gumawa ng dalawampung taon ng kaguluhan sa pulitika, ekonomiya, at lipunan ng ating bansa”, ay mailibing kasama ng ating mga bayani.

Sa halip na lumikha ng epektibong resolusyon bilang huling tagahatol ng lahat ng mga alitan, binuksan muli ng Korte Suprema ang mga lumang sugat.

Kung sa tingin ng Korte Suprema na ito at magsasara sa usapin ito, nagkakamali sila. Ang paglibing kay Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani ay lilikha ng matinding pagkakahati na gagambala sa ating bayan sa mga darating na araw at taon.

Ayon sa batas na gumawa ng Libingan ng mga Bayani, sagrado ito at para lang sa mga bayani na dapat tularan ng lahat ng henerasyon.

Hindi bayani si Marcos. Ang paglagak ng kanyang mga labi sa Libingan ng mga Bayani ay pambabastos sa nating demokrasya at sa alaala ng mga lumaban para sa kalayaan at katarungan ng ating bayan.

FULL TEXT: ‘Failing the test of history’ – Hontiveros on Marcos burial

‘It is our duty as senators, as Filipinos, as students of history, to stand against this travesty and say – as has been said before – never again’

Published 10:32 AM, November 09, 2016
Updated 10:27 PM, November 10, 2016

MARCOS BURIAL. Senator Risa Hontiveros says the ball is now in the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo from Senate PRIB

MANILA, Philippines – Several lawmakers called the Supreme Court’s November 8 decision allowing a hero’s burial for former President Ferdinand Marcos as shameful, horrible, and deplorable.

Neophyte Senator Risa Hontiveros took a step further and delivered a privilege speech the same afternoon the ruling was promulgated. An activist in the 1980s, she has lately been going around, helping organize book readings for children to teach them about the evils of Martial Law.

In her speech at the Senate, she said the ball is now in the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte, if he will stick to his original plan to allow the dictator to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery), or drop the plan altogether despite the High Court’s decision.

Below is the full text of Hontiveros’ speech titled “Failing the test of history.”

Mr President, I rise on a matter of personal and collective privilege.

I rise on behalf of Susan Quimpo, a prepubescent girl during the early years of Martial Law, who spent her weekends packing cooked rice for detainees at detention centers holding political prisoners. Five of her siblings were imprisoned during Martial law – all of them student activists belonging to the underground movement. Her brother Nathan was stripped naked and clubbed several times by his captors. Her brother Jan, and I quote from her book Subversive Lives, “had his head repeatedly immersed in a commode filled with urine, water was injected into his testicles, and his feet were doused then jabbed with live wire.” Jan Quimpo joined the ranks of the desaparecidos, and the last conversation Susan had with him was when he asked her to leave some dinner. Another brother, Jun, was shot in Nueva Ecija in 1981.

I rise on behalf of Sixto Carlos, now a jolly man in his 70s with ruddy cheeks and an easy laugh. He was arrested with no charges filed in 1978 and put under solitary confinement for two years. He was viciously beaten, had boiling water poured at him, and was hung from the ceiling from his handcuffed hands. In his own words, he said, “I was held on either arm by two men and the third man sat on my lap. The blindfold was removed and replaced by a towel on my face. They commenced to put water over the towel on my face. I had the sensation of drowning.” This is what is known as waterboarding, an innocuous name for a torture technique so repulsive and dehumanizing.

I rise on behalf of Etta Rosales, former congresswoman and former chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights, who was repeatedly raped and tortured during Martial Law. She recounts her torture under the hands of her prison guards: “They tried to make me speak by burning me, pouring what felt like hot wax from a burning candle on my arms and legs. When that didn’t work, they tore off my clothes, pressed the barrel of a gun against my temple and played Russian roulette.” When she was elected congresswoman of Akbayan in 1998, she met one of her captors who had now become her colleague. “The last time I met you,” Etta said, with her trademark candor, “was in the military safehouse where I was tortured.”

I rise for them, and I rise for all the victims of Martial Law. Ako ay tumatayo sa harap ninyo ngayon alang-alang sa mga na-torture, mga pinatay, mga ‘kinulong ng rehimeng Marcos. Ako ay tumatayo alang-alang sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay – mga magulang, asawa, at anak na inulila ng diktadura. Para po sa kanila ang resolusyon na ihahain ko sa Senado ngayong hapon.

I rise to tell them, during this winter of anxiety and uncertainty, that there are many of us who still remember.

I want to tell them that there are mothers like myself, who tell their outspoken millennials that their freedoms in social media did not come for free and that their counterparts in the ’70s were being thrown in prison for speaking their mind.

Gusto kong ikuwento sa kanila ‘yung mga guro sa mga paaralan kung saan ako nag-donate ng librong Never Againna nagsasabing sa sarili nilang kusa at pagpupunyagi, ‘binabahagi nila ang kahindik-hindik na mga pangyayari sa panahon ng diktadura sa kanilang mga estudyante.

I want to tell them about the many young people I have met – so far removed from the stereotype of the uncaring, self-absorbed millennial – who ask me what they can do to fight the forces of historical revisionism that are at work and who assure me that the struggle to preserve our collective memory is a struggle their generation shares with ours.

Hindi ko po panghihimasukan ang pasya ng Korte Suprema hinggil sa paglibing ng dating diktador sa Libingan ng mga Bayani. We cannot second-guess its wisdom, even as we cannot imagine how it must be for Sixto Carlos, Etta Rosales, and the Quimpo family, who will live with the reality that the architect of their torture and the torture and death of their kin, has now been designated a hero. Habang ‘tinuturo natin sa ating mga kabataan ang karahasan ng Martial Law dahil ‘yun ang nakalagay sa Republic Act Number 10368, ililibing naman natin sa Libingan ng mga Bayani ang siyang naghasik ng karahasan na ito. Habang tayo ay nagbabayad ng danyos sa mga biktima ng Martial Law at sa kanilang mga pamilya, ililibing natin sa Libingan ng mga Bayani ang dahilan ng pagbayad ng danyos.

But we also know that the decision to give the late dictator a heroes’ burial lies ultimately in the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte. I call on the President to respond to the challenge of history and reject with finality all plans to give Marcos a hero’s burial. The Libingan ng mga Bayani is the designated place for Filipino soldiers, war veterans, and citizens whose contributions to the nation render them fit to be called heroes.

Given the long history of the Filipino people with tyranny and oppression, the Libingan has been created to honor the memory of our brave countrymen who fought for freedom and liberty even in the face of superior force, so that the present generation may remember and emulate their legacy. It should be the final resting place of heroes – a symbolism that is not lost on the Marcos family, who has been lobbying feverishly for his burial and, if our President is correct, even funded his campaign to secure this concession.

Mr President, in Germany, Adolf Hitler’s initial grave is now a car park in Berlin. Idi Amin, the Ugandan dictator notorious for maintaining torture chambers in Kampala, is not even buried in his own country. In Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic’s party pushed heavily for his burial in the Alley of the Greats, but was rebuffed. He is now buried in his hometown. In Haiti, Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, who brought Haiti to economic ruin, used voodoo legends to control his people and executed his political opponents, was denied a state funeral after his death. His grave in Port Au Prince is now in shambles. Pol Pot, known as The Butcher of Cambodia, was unceremoniously burned in a pile of rubbish. His cremation site in Anlong Veng is now a tourist destination and many Cambodians travel to the site to spit on it. Muammar Gadaffi’s body, after being displayed for 5 days by the new leaders of Libya, was laid to rest in a simple unmarked grave.

Ganito po tinatrato ang mga diktador sa ibang bansa, Mr President. Ang kanilang puntod ay hindi puntod ng parangal. Kung ito man ay bibigyan ng pansin, ito ay para magturo ng leksyon sa mga susunod na henerasyon. Ito ay para sabihin, “’Wag tularan.” Habang dito sa Pilipinas, ang mga diktador ay tinuturing na bayani at binibigyan ng parangal. At ang biktima ng diktador ay pinagdududahan at isinasantabi.

But, Mr President, it is not only for the victims of Martial law that I rise, for the generation of my parents and for my generation who have lived with the enduring wounds of martial law. I also rise for our younger generations – those who will only get to listen to the stories of our wounds, and who we hope will see in these stories our deepest truths. I rise for our millennials who will probably never meet Susan and her siblings, or Sixto Carlos, or Etta Rosales, but who we hope will realize that the heroes of Martial Law were young persons like themselves. Ang nagpabagsak sa diktadura ay katulad lang din nila, katulad din ng aking mga anak: masayahin, palabarkada, palatawa, may pangarap sa buhay. Ngunit tumalima noong hinamon ng kasaysayan.

Mr President, nagpasya na ang Korte Suprema. But no tombstone, no grandiose cemetery can change the fact that Ferdinand Marcos was not a hero. He was a plunderer, torturer, and a thief with a family now seeking to rewrite history to serve their interests. He coopted institutions – this Senate included – in order to consolidate all power to himself.

It is our duty as senators, as Filipinos, as students of history, to stand against this travesty and say – as has been said before – never again. Only then can we look back to the past with pride, and to the future with hope. Let us not fail the test of history. –

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Ateneo’s Villarin hits SC for saying Marcos is ‘human, not pure evil’‎: Not all wars are won in 1 battlefield

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The President of Ateneo de Manila University has urged members of the school community to continue protesting against the “injustice” that the Supreme Court has done by allowing the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Fr. Jose Ramon “Jett” Villarin” slammed the SC for taking a myopic view on the issue of giving Marcos a hero’s burial since in its decision, the tribunal argued that the late President was “just a human who erred like us.”

Villarin said the SC’s argument “amounts to a monumental denial of the suffering and murder of thousands of our people and the billions of public funds stolen during those tragic years of Martial Law.”

“Ferdinand Marcos did not just err like us. Decisions that were made during his regime were marked by atrocity and impunity,” he added.

By choosing to pass the issue of Marcos’ burial to the executive, Villarin said the SC “misses the opportunity and its own power to affirm the enshrined principles embedded in our Constitution, which they have affirmed as rising from the ashes of the Marcos administration.”

Voting 9-5 with one abstention, the SC dismissed the consolidated petitions seeking to stop the transfer of Marcos’ remains at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

In light of the SC decision, Villarin urged the Ateneo community “to continue to protest and express our indignation, to discrern what true closure might mean concretely in this case…”

But while continuing the protest and listening to each other are important, the Ateneo President said the fight must also continue in the communities where there are Ateneans and where they serve.

An important memo from Univ. President Fr. Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ on the decision of the Supreme Court on the burial of Ferdinand Marcos.

It’s not all about the place

Someone asked, “What’s the big deal about burying Marcos in Libingan ng mga Bayani? Anyway, not all buried in that cemetery are heroes. For the sake of healing and reconciliation, let’s just allow Marcos to be buried there and move on.”

Yes, I believe that not all buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani are heroes. But the place carries the word “Bayani.” It carries a lot of meaning for all of us. A hero means someone who died for his country, and not someone who plundered his country.

Have you ever wondered why the Marcos family is so persistent in their desire that the late President Ferdinand Marcos be buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani? It is their road to prove that Martial Law was justifiable and the EDSA Revolution was a big mistake; and to tell the present and future generations that the Marcos dictatorship was morally and legally liable despite all the corruption, violence, and killings done during those dark moments of our history.

We say no to his burial in Libingan ng mga Bayani because we don’t want someone today and in the future to re-write and revise the truth of our history, desecrating the truth. Let’s call a spade a spade. A sin will always be a sin. A wrong cannot be become right in time.

Forgiveness is not the issue here. As Christian nation, it is indeed our duty to forgive those who repent. But how can we forgive someone who is not remorseful of the evil they have done in the past? They insist on their innocence for the Marcos family was never been proven guilty and convicted in court. But the money recovered by the PCGG from Marcos family and cronies, and the countless documented victims of Martial Law were undeniable pieces of evidence. Acceptance of one’s wrongdoing is the foundation of forgiveness and a real desire for reconciliation, which we do not see. The Bible clearly said, “Be on guard. If your brother does wrong, correct him; if he repents forgive him.” (Luke 17:3).

We are called to correct a mistake. This is the reason why we are protesting. But we can also forgive, if they accept their evil deeds, be accountable for their sins, and repent.

What we are protesting is not just the place of burial. What we are resisting is the implication of burying Marcos in a place which is publicly accepted and recognized as a burial place for heroes. And Marcos is no hero. We are not just against Marcos. We are against his regime’s evil deeds and tyranny. We don’t want to repeat that dark part of our history and commit the same mistake of honoring a non-hero.

The call to forgive is in our hearts. Our protest is to remind all Filipinos NOT TO FORGET THE EVIL DEEDS COMMITTED BY THE MARCOS REGIME, so that it will never happen to us again. Never again. We are against any possible attempt to desecrate our democracy and freedom. And we don’t want anyone to manipulate the truth and re-write our history by transforming evil deeds in the past to something acceptable, legal, and morally correct.

They may win in burying Marcos in Libingan ng mga Bayani, but they cannot bury the evil deeds they committed. Our voice will rise from his grave to pursue our dream to bring the truth. WE WILL NOT STOP FROM TELLING THE PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS THE EVILS DONE BY THE MARCOS REGIME, because we don’t want those evil deeds to rule our country again. And we don’t want to repeat our mistake today of honoring a regime which brought countless horrendous sufferings to our country, and great unimaginable grief to many Filipino families who lost their loved ones who fought a tyrannical leader and his cohorts.

Majority of our millennials are totally detached from our history. They never experienced the agony of living in Martial Law. They never lost their loved ones in any political struggles. They never went out into the streets to face the police and the armed military. But I cannot blame them for being non-committal to our cause. The blame is on us. We failed to tell our story to our children. They deserve to know the truth, and not fabricated lies.

These are the reasons why we don’t want Marcos to be buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani.

For it is not about the place, but it is all about the truth.
It is not all about forgiveness, it is about the admittance of sins.
It is not all about Marcos, but it is about justice and accountability.
It is not all about our disgust over the Supreme Court’s decision,
but is it all about our frustration over revisionists,
who dare to make the guilty regime … innocent in our eyes.

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– Pitik-Bulag


/ 01:02 AM November 14, 2016

There has been no other week in recent memory that caused the kind of shock and anger generated by two events that happened last week: First, the most despised Filipino ruler, former president Ferdinand Marcos, was virtually declared a hero on Nov. 8. Second, the most reviled presidential candidate in American history, Donald Trump, was elected ruler of the most powerful country on earth the next day.

These are two extremely weighty issues, so I will limit my commentary to the first and leave others to flagellate us with their analyses of the second.

Even to this day, 30 years after Marcos’ ouster from power and 27 years after his death, the physical wellbeing of Filipinos continues to be negatively affected by his greed and misrule. The current generation continues to pay the Marcos behest loans, and the oligarchs he created continue to wreak havoc on our political and economic welfare. Now, even the people’s emotional wellbeing is damned because Marcos is forced upon them as their hero, courtesy of a Supreme Court decision allowing the burial of his remains in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Notwithstanding Marcos’ many documented sins—memorialized in Supreme Court decisions and codified in laws—the high court, with its vote of 9-5, declares that opposition to the Marcos burial in the Libingan “unnecessarily divide[s] the people and slow[s] the path to the future.”

The high court is virtually telling the victims of murder, rape, torture, forced disappearance, and imprisonment that their complaints are unnecessary, divisive, and serve to slow their march to a brighter future. What a painful rebuke to the Marcos-era victims. They must be feeling tortured, raped, and shot at all over again.

The martial law victims and their heirs cannot be faulted if they tell the nine justices who voted to allow the Marcos burial in the Libingan that it is the justices’ kind of thinking—their forgetfulness of the past and their refusal to see how the sins of the past have damaged the present and the future—that enables wicked leaders to thrive in this country, leaders who continue the tradition of oppressing hapless citizens and plundering the nation’s wealth.

The Supreme Court also points out that during the election campaign, then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte publicly announced that he would allow the Marcos burial in the Libingan, and that he won the presidency by garnering 16.6 million votes, insinuating that by electing him, the people also approved of his decision on the Marcos burial.

It is a giant leap, a conclusion with no basis whatsoever. The high court has transformed the presidential election into a national referendum on the burial issue, and interprets Mr. Duterte’s electoral victory as a Marcos triumph over the hearts and minds of the people. If the high court considers the 16.6 million votes in favor of Mr. Duterte as votes that favored his position on the Marcos burial, why did it not equally consider the 25.3 million votes against him as votes that resoundingly rejected his position on the issue?

The Supreme Court also questions the following: the petitioners’ personality to file the case even if some of them are martial law victims and even if taxpayers have a long-established standing in court; the filing of the case in the high court instead of merely in the regional trial court, even if direct filing in the high court has long been allowed in similar cases; the supposed failure of the petitioners to give the Duterte administration the chance to change its mind, even if doing so would have rendered the issue moot; the failure of the two Aquino presidents to expressly prohibit the burial of Marcos’ remains in the Libingan; and others.

The Supreme Court has figuratively massacred every lofty issue raised by the petitioners, and it has done so through strained and hollow justifications to allow the burial of the dictator’s remains in the Libingan. What a complete travesty of justice.

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Marcos a thief till the end, say senators

‘Like what Marcos did for 21 years, he caught us off-guard like a thief in the night. His burial is anything but noble. Even in death, he is a thief,’ says Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon

By Camille Elemia @CamilleElemia
Published 3:31 PM, November 18, 2016
Updated 2:47 PM, November 19, 2016

FRIDAY SURPRISE. The Marcoses at the burial of the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo from Office of the Army Chief Public Affairs

MANILA, Philippines – Senators denounced the surprise burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday, November 18, saying Marcos was a thief through and through even in death.

Marcos was given full military honors past noon Friday, November 18, giving closure to his family and supporters but reopening wounds inflicted by his 21-year rule marked by human rights atrocities. (READ: Marcos buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani)

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, ally and party mate of President Rodrigo Duterte, only gave a brief reaction. Pimentel’s father, former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr, was among the activists and victims of Martial Law.

“Sad development,” said Pimentel, who has strongly opposed Duterte on his pro-Marcos stance.

Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon said the “stealthy” manner by which Marcos was buried reminds the public of the dark days of Martial Law, filled with horror stories of torture and human rights abuses. (READ: Worse than death: Torture methods during martial law)

“The atrocities perpetrated during Martial Law succeeded because the citizenry was kept in the dark. Marcos betrayed the country for decades; we should not allow him to continue to do so up to this day.”

Drilon said Marcos, despite having been given a hero’s burial, is nothing but noble. “Like what Marcos did for 21 years, he caught us off-guard like a thief in the night. His burial is anything but noble. Even in death, he is a thief,” Drilon said.

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV shared the same sentiment, as he slammed the Marcos family’s action, saying the Supreme Court ruling that allowed the burial is not yet final and executory.

“Nagkaroon ng People Power, bumalik ang ating demokrasya, at ngayon ililibing natin ang isang diktador ng ating bansa sa Libingan ng mga Bayani. At ginawa ito sa isang paraan na patago, ginawa ito sa isang paraan na panakaw,” said Aquino, whose relatives are among the prominent victims of the regime.

(We had People Power, democracy was restored, and now we are going to bury a dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. And this was done stealthily, it was done like thievery.)

Senator Risa Hontiveros said that despite the treacherous burial, Marcos could never escape truth and history.

“Nagpuslit ng kaban ng bayan. Pumuslit sa pananagutan at katarungan. At ngayon, pinuslit ang kanyang bangkay para mabigyan ng isang pekeng parangal. Hanggang sa dulo, nagnanakaw si Marcos. Ang kanyang pekeng hero’s burial ay isang nakaw na sandali,” she said.

(He stole money from the country. He escaped accountability and justice. And now, his remains were stealthily brought to the cemetery for a fake honor. Until the very end, Marcos is a thief. His fake hero’s burial is a stolen moment.)

History will judge Marcos

Hontiveros said no court decision or executive order, she said, could change Philippine history.

“Walang puntod, walang mausoleo, walang desisyon ng anumang korte o utos ng sinumang pangulo ang makapaglilihim sa katotohanan na hindi bayani si Marcos,” she added.

(No tomb, no mausoleum, no court decision, or president’s order can hide the truth that Marcos is not a hero.)

Senator Leila de Lima said that while the Marcos family might have followed their own wishes, they cannot hide the truth from Filipinos.

History, she said, would judge the dictator and even Duterte, who she accused of being one.

“Hinding-hindi maitatago ang katotohanan sa sambayanang Pilipino, hindi lamang hinggil sa dating diktador kundi maging sa kasalukuyang namumuno. Ang kasaysayan ang tunay na huhusga sa kanila. Ang kasaysayan ang tunay na magpapasya sa ating diktador,” she said.

(The truth can never ever be hidden from the Filipino people, not only the truth about the dictator but also about the present president. History would judge them. History would judge our dictator.)

Pushing for transfer

Senator Francis Pangilinan said he, as well as other anti-Marcos groups, would push for the transfer of Marcos’ remains out of the Heroes’ Cemetery.

“Malilibing siya pero hindi ibig sabihin na mananatili siyang nakalibing do’n. Dahil habang may mga taong naninindigan laban sa naging pag-aabuso ng diktadura, itutulak natin na ang mga labi niya ay dapat ilipat. They may have won this battle but the war is far from over,” Pangilinan said.

Pangilinan reiterated that the hero’s burial for Marcos would only further divide the nation, contrary to Duterte’s claims that it would lead to unity.

He added the Philippines would now be the laughingstock of the world, after having ousted a dictator, only to call him a hero decades after.

“Dagdag pa dito ang pagiging laughingstock ng Pilipinas sa buong mundo na ‘yung isang pinatalsik na magnanakaw at diktador ay inilibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani,” he added.

(In addition, the Philippines will be the laughingstock of the whole world because the ousted thief and dictator has been buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.)

Senator Francis Escudero, for his part, said the Marcos family’s decision to secretly bury Marcos was “wrong.” Escudero, who voted to abstain in the Senate resolution expressing opposition to the dictator’s burial, said the family should have waited for the final High Court decision.

“This absence of respect for the SC and wanton disregard for the sentiments of some sectors (which transparency would have mitigated) will, sadly, just further fuel the protests and divisions of our country on this issue. What they did was wrong,” he said.

The Senate, after failing to get majority votes, rejected the resolution against the burial of the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Eight senators voted in favor of it, 6 voted against it, while 6 others abstained. (READ: Senate rejects resolution vs Marcos hero’s burial) –

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Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman could not believe what he viewed as an underhanded move of the Marcoses to give a hero’s burial to late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

In a phone interview with Inquirer on Friday, Lagman,  a petitioner against the hero’s burial for the dictator, said the Marcoses should be held in contempt of the court for wanting to bury Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani even though the Supreme Court decision granting the burial is not yet final and executory.

“I could hardly believe it. This burial of Marcos is premature. It is a continuing deception and abuse being committed by the Marcoses,” Lagman said.

READ: Marcos family, AFP must be cited in contempt—lawyer

Lagman said the Marcoses continue to deceive the people just like how the former President looted the country’s coffers in his two-decade regime.

“This only shows the bad faith, abuse and deception being made by the Marcoses, before and until now,” Lagman said.

READ: ‘From hidden wealth to hidden burial: Marcoses disrespecting law’—Leni

Lagman said his camp would file a motion to exhume the body and would ask the court to cite the Marcoses in contempt.

Lagman said they only received a copy of the decision on Nov. 11, and that it has a period of 15 days to file a motion for reconsideration. CDG/rga


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WATCH: Imee posts more videos of Marcos burial in Libingan


Posted at Nov 18 2016 03:40 PM

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos posted more videos of the burial of her late father, Ferdinand E. Marcos, in the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday.

Raw video of some of those invited

Solons vow to have Marcos body removed from heroes’ cemetery

By Kimberly Jane Tan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 18 2016 02:07 PM

The tombstone of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Screengrabbed from the Facebook page of Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos

MANILA – Several lawmakers on Friday vowed to have former President Ferdinand Marcos removed from the Libingan ng mga Bayani following his family’s secret burial for the late strongman.

The Marcoses on Friday successfully transferred the late dictator’s remains from Ilocos Norte to the Heroes Cemetery, unbeknownst to the public.

But Liberal Party president and Senator Francis “Kiko” Panglinan, a proud student activist during the Martial Law years, said this does not mean he Marcos will stay there.

“Dahil habang may mga taong naninindigan laban sa naging pag-aabuso ng diktadura, itutulak natin na ang mga labi niya ay dapat ilipat,” he said in statement.

[While there are people who stand against the abuses of the dictatorship, we will move to have his remains transferred.]

“They may have won this battle but the war is far from over,” he added.

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said they had filed with the Supreme Court a manifestation that they will be appealingits decision to allow the burial, which petitioners were supposed to have 15 days to do.

“So if the burial is precipitated then most probably we can file a motion to have the remains exhumed from having been buried despite the lack of finality of the Supreme Court decision,” he said in an interview on ANC.

He said they may also file a motion to declare for contempt of court all of those involved in the sudden burial.

“This is a continuing deception and underhandedness of the Marcos family and they are just continuing the abuses and atrocities committed during Martial Law,” he said.

Earlier, SC spokesperson Theodore Te said there is no order prohibiting the burial.

Senator Risa Hontiveros, however, said the Marcos family can never alter history, specifically the many human rights abuses during Martial Law.

“Walang puntod, walang mausoleo, walang desisyon ng anumang korte o utos ng sinumang pangulo ang makapaglilihim sa katotohanan na hindi bayani si Marcos,” he said.

[There is no grave, no mausoleum, no decision of any court or order from any president that will keep truth that Marcos is not a hero.]

“Now more than ever, we must remain vigilant that our democracy remains and that we don’t repeat the bloody mistakes of the past,” added Senator Bam Aquino.

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Youth leaders to Duterte: Shame on you for ‘cleaning Marcos’ image‬’

‘President Duterte should be ashamed of himself for being complicit in cleaning the image of Marcos who raided public coffers and violated human rights. He should be ashamed of being an instrument to fulfill the Marcoses’ political agenda,’ says the College Editors Guild

Published 6:35 PM, November 19, 2016
Updated 8:20 PM, November 19, 2016


CONTROVERSIAL BURIAL. UP Manila students protest the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Student editors and leaders across the country have accused President Rodrigo Duterte of being part of an attempt to clean up the image of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, following the former president’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

In separate statements, the youth leaders said that rather than unite the country, as Duterte supposedly envisioned, the hero’s burial for Marcos has only divided Filipinos.

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines strongly denounced the Duterte administration for its “unconscionable role in facilitating” the burial.

“President Duterte betrayed the Filipino people by giving the go-signal to bury the tyrant at the Heroes’ Cemetery just to accommodate his political alliance with the Marcoses. He, together with the Supreme Court, is accountable for letting this dark chapter of our history happen,” CEGP national president Jose Mari Callueng said on Saturday, November 19.

Callueng also slammed the President’s call to forgive Marcos, describing it as “an act of impunity.”

“The unapologetic Marcoses do not deserve forgiveness. We shall continue to remind the Filipino people of all the crimes committed by their patriarch until it becomes ingrained into our national consciousness that Marcos is a plunderer, a murderer, and a despot,” he said.

Callueng noted that the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani whitewashed the dark era of martial rule and bastardized the Filipino people’s collective memory.

“President Duterte should be ashamed of himself for being complicit in cleaning the image of Marcos who raided public coffers and violated human rights. He should be ashamed of being an instrument to fulfill the Marcoses’ political agenda,” he said.

Divided Philippines

“Burying the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani will not bring peace and unity to the country,” the Bicol University student council said in a statement on Saturday.

According to the student leaders, the contentious Marcos burial “further divides the nation and relives the hurt, insult, and injustice done to the victims of one of the worst regimes in history.”

Duterte had said on several occasions dating back to the presidential campaign that he favored a hero’s burial for Marcos to forge national healing and unity.

“Hopefully, both sides will exercise maximum tolerance and come to terms with the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos,” Duterte told media in Peru on Friday, November 18, after the late dictator was clandestinely buried in the Heroes’ Cemetery.

The son of the dictator, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, has also called for unity in a statement posted on Facebook on Saturday. It was part of his message at the funeral rites for his father.

“Let today be the first day amongst many days, and months, and years of our continuing to work for the unity and the progress of our country,” Marcos said.

Youth should never forget

But student leaders refused to heed the call, demanding that the Marcoses should first apologize for the state-sanctioned atrocities during the tumultuous Martial Law period. (READ: Marcos on dad’s regime: What am I to apologize for?)

“People can only come together if there is justice, and justice starts when Marcos’ heirs acknowledge and atone for the sins committed against the Filipino people,” the Bicol University student council said.

Based on estimates of Amnesty International (AI), during the Martial Law period, 70,000 people were imprisoned, 34,000 were tortured, and 3,240 were killed. The AI mission, which visited the Philippines from November to December 1975, found that 71 of the 107 prisoners interviewed alleged that they had been tortured.

The Marcoses had been accused of amassing ill-gotten wealth with various estimates putting the total loot at between $5 billion to $10 billion. (READ: Recovering Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth: After 30 years, what? and What Bongbong Marcos knew of Swiss deposits)

Student leaders and other groups across the country have launched a campaign to review how Philippine history books have portrayed the Martial Law years.

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) had called on the Department of Education (DepEd) not to pursue its plan to include the Supreme Court ruling favoring a hero’s burial for Marcos in the next batch of history textbooks.

“We are urging DepEd to not traverse the path that celebrates oppression and Marcos’ tyranny. If you are to teach Martial Law and dictatorship, teach it with bias towards the victims of the Martial Law. Do not give the ruling elites, the Marcoses, a chance to propagate erroneous ideas to the minds of the youth,” NUSP spokesperson Kevin Castro said.–

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By: – Reporter / @NikkoDizonINQ
/ 06:15 AM November 19, 2016


A PAGE FROM MARTIAL LAW HISTORY. Among the prominent anti-dictatorship protesters during the Marcos regime: From right: Etta Rosales, Behn Cervantes, Lily de las Alas-Padilla, Cory Aquino, Wigberto Tañada, Lorenzo Tañada, Ramon Pedrosa, and Ambrosio Padilla. INQUIRER PHOTO

The late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ surprise burial at Manila’s heroes’ cemetery was greeted with widespread street protests Friday by outraged students, martial law victims and politicians who likened the former president’s family to a “thief in the night” as the rest of the country quietly slept.

Former President Benigno Aquino III, whose father and namesake was assassinated in 1983 by Marcos forces, said stories of courage and sacrifice during martial law “should never be forgotten” in the face of Marcos’ transfer at Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Loved ones lost

“Former President Aquino believes at a time like this, it is fitting that we hear the voices of others: learn about their stories, the persons behind the statistics, their loved ones lost to the regime of martial law. They should never be forgotten,” Aquino’s spokesperson, Abigail Valte, said in a statement.

Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, were widely believed to have masterminded the assassination of Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. His death led to public discontent that culminated in a “people power” revolution that ousted Marcos in 1986 and sent him into exile in Hawaii, where he died subsequently.

The Marcos family were accused of plundering the country’s coffers, while thousands went missing or were tortured during the brutal two-decade regime.


Imelda, his son, Ferdinand Jr. and daughters Imee and Irene were later allowed to return home, where they have since regained political clout. Marcos Jr. became a senator but lost the vice presidential race in May, while Imee is the governor of the family’s stronghold of Ilocos Norte.

Opposition lawmaker Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, whose brother Hermon was among the thousands who went missing, said that he was “contemplating” filing a motion to order the exhumation of Marcos who was “stealthily interred in LNMB.”

The Marcos family “has once again violated the rule of law and disrespected judicial processes,” he said.

Clandestine burial

“The clandestine burial of Marcos is in the malevolent mold of the Marcoses’ propensity for abuse, deception, deviousness and underhandedness,” Lagman said.

Human rights lawyer, Manuel Jose “Chel” Diokno branded the burial as a “tragedy.”

“It appears that they went ahead with the burial because the SQA (status quo ante) order has not been reinstated. But our presumption was they (Marcoses) will not move the body because we can still file a motion for reconsideration,” said Diokno.

His father, the late opposition leader Sen. Jose “Ka Pepe” Diokno, was detained during martial law.

Lagman was initially unconvinced that Marcos was to be buried yesterday, telling the Inquirer by phone that it was not possible since the petitioners could still file their motion for reconsideration until Nov. 28.

But less than an hour after the phone conversation, police officials confirmed that a burial for Marcos was taking place.

Lagman added the petitioners would also ask the Supreme Court to declare in contempt all those involved in the premature burial of Marcos without the Supreme Court decision having become final and executory.


On Nov. 10, Lagman, on behalf of the petitioners, filed a manifestation with the High Court that pending receipt of the Supreme Court decision, “they will definitely file motions for reconsideration which should not rendered moot by a precipitate Marcos burial.”

Singer Leah Navarro of the Black and White Movement said the burial proved that “the Marcoses are unapologetic and extremely arrogant.”

“They struck a knife into our hearts and they are so proud of it,” Navarro said.

“Marcos was buried as he lived: holding nothing sacred. Neither tradition nor decency, neither the law nor the institutions meant to uphold them mattered to Marcos, whether in life or in death,” the movement said.

Naked contempt

“Today, the Supreme Court Justices who collaborated in this disgrace see the naked contempt in which the Marcoses hold the institution in which they serve,” the group said.

“In life and in death, Marcos is forever a thief,” it said.

Sen. Franklin Drilon branded the “stealthy” manner by which the burial unfolded as reminiscent of martial law.

“Marcos betrayed the country for decades; we should not allow him to continue to do so up to this day,” he said. “Like what Marcos did for 21 years, he caught us off-guard like a thief in the night.”

Sen. Francis Pangilinan for his part noted that the Liberal Party would support steps to remove the body from the site, including involvement in protest actions.

Congressmen also lambasted the burial, and expressed doubt on the Palace’s statements that it was caught unaware by the move. Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, Jr., one of the Supreme Court petitioners, said there was little relief now for Marcos victims, but expressed hope that the youth would pick up the fight.

Baguilat said the burial was “evidently planned in dark secrecy, and such plans can only hide sinister motives.”

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate, meanwhile, described the “blitzkrieg” move as a “dastardly act characteristic of the Marcoses.”

University students went out of their classrooms as news of the burial played out, with Imee Marcos posting videos and photos of the private event on social media. Angered students from the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University and the University of Santo Tomas condemned the burial in Metropolitan Manila. —REPORTS FROM  LEILA B. SALAVERRIA, VINCE F. NONATO, JULIE M. AURELIO, JHESSET O. ENANO, MARICAR CINCO, RAY ANTHONY OSTRIA, MADONNA VIROLA, ALLAN NAWAL AND JIGGER JERUSALEM

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Marcos stole the story of Col. Rigor, true hero of Bessang Pass

He was never the hero we all thought he was

Col. Conrado Rigor Sr. – The true hero of Bessang Pass, whose story Ferdinand Marcos stole for his own glory.

Manila, Philippines – Ever since President Rodrigo Duterte gave the go signal to bury the remains of the former dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes Cemetery) many had sought to expose the lies of Marcos’ past.

TV Patrol’s Ces Oreña-Drilon reveals the truth behind the hero of Bessang Pass that forced the Japanese military to surrender during the Second World War.

The lies of Ferdinand Marcos

According to the son of Col. Rigor, the former President Marcos stole his father’s story and adapted it as his own.

The combined Filipino & American soldiers fought for 6 months, from January to July 1945, against the last remnants of the Japanese military that became the key to their ultimate surrender.

General Tomoyuki Yamashita was the highest ranking commanding officer of the Japanese Imperial Army at that time. It was General Yamashita himself who surrendered the Japanese flag to Major Rigor who was the Commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 121st Infantry Division of Bessang Pass, the true hero according to Filipino history.

Rigors descendants inherited the flag which was kept in one of the vaults in the United States for safe keeping.

The true hero of Bessang Pass

The family of Col. Rigor approached ABS-CBN to tell their side of the story, and expose the true hero of Bessang Pass and the connection of Ferdinand Marcos.

Manuel Rigor was the 7th of the 9th children of the war hero.

” Quiet lang kami as a family, but when a ghost writer came out with books claiming that he was the hero of Bessang Pass we were starting to react. This cannot be, they said, Dad is the real hero of Bessang Pass.”, narrated Manuel Rigor.

When Col. Rigor died of a heart failure in 1960, Marcos was the one who gave the eulogy because Marcos, Rigor, and his sweetheart Erlinda Nicholas were all friends while they were still students at the University of the Philippines.

But in 1964, Marcos’ biography came out with a hit line of,

” For every tear is a victory “

where Marcos said that he was the hero of Bessang Pass. According to Manuel Rigor, “Marcos was never in Bessang Pass”.

It was because Duterte allowed Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes Cemetery) that Manuel Rigor sought to reveal his thoughts.

” I cannot seem to accept that, that somebody else would claim my Dads medals or his credit. So that for me is a foul. And after Martial Law, there was no remorse, no apology, from the Marcos’ whatsoever which is why I’m against his burial.”, said Manuel Rigor, 7th child of Col.Rigor (the true hero of Bessang Pass).

Message to the Marcos family & President Duterte

” My family has always been at peace and we don’t want to get the ire of the Marcos’ or their supporters. If only President Duterte can reconsider, Marcos is well-loved in the Ilocos, so even if he were to be buried there even if you build two (2) Taj Mahal in his honor, it’s OK we don’t mind. And it will heal the wounds of Martial Law, greatly, instead of doing this the country will be divided again.”

Manuel iterated that he thought the fight against the dictatorship has already been concluded. But here we go again… “we’re tired of it, just do what is right. You know what is right.”

Just our thoughts

Mr. President, call me stupid but… how on earth is the Marcos burial going to reunite the country again? Please … do educate our simple minds!

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