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‘Marcos burial barefaced disrespect to martial law victims’

/ 02:28 PM November 17, 2016

A “barefaced disrespect” and “insult” to martial law victims was how the Council of the Laity of the Philippines denounced the Supreme Court decision allowing the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

The council said burying Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery is a “great insult to the thousands of victims of atrocities committed during his reign.”

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“The Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas believes that the Supreme Court’s decision rejecting the petitions to stop the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani is a barefaced disrespect to the victims of one of the darkest moments in the history of our people and our country in general,” the council said in a statement dated Nov. 11.

“Burying him at the Heroes’ Cemetery is a mocking act that will send a strong distorted message to our young people that in this country, dictators, plunderers and executioners are being rewarded,” it added.

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The council said Marcos’ burial at the LNMB will distort truths in Philippine history, particularly the spirit of the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution that toppled the dictatorship.

“The Supreme Court’s decision appears to have been anchored only on the legal provisions of the Philippine Constitution but with apparent complete disregard for moral issues that go along with it. Marcos may have been a President but he ended up a dictator; he may have been a soldier but his grave abuse of power and systemic violence undermines his well flaunted valor,” the statement read.

“It will not bring healing as the Marcos family and their cronies continue to deny the injustices they have committed and the victims of Martial Law are not properly restituted. There can never be peace without truth and justice,” it added. CDG/rga

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