Ramos wants Congress to rule on Marcos burial

Filipinos through their representatives in Congress should decide on whether the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos should be buried at the "Libingan Ng Mga Bayani" (LNMB) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, former president Fidel Ramos said Saturday.

"I said officially let the people decide. Who are the people? Our representatives and senators now sitting in Congress representing and belonging to House of Representatives (and) the Senate of the Philippines," Ramos stressed.

"Get a resolution from the Congress majority before burying him," Ramos said in a press conference in Camp Aguinaldo.

The 88-year old Ramos, who was among those who led the people power uprising to oust Marcos from MalacaAang in 1986, said that the President should reconsider his position if it's still under the ambit of his authority to decide on the morality of the late dictator's interment at the heroes' cemetery.

"It is still up to the President to decide. But he should ask himself first: 'Am I within my power to do this thing or do I need to get resolution or majority opinion from Representatives of People which is the two Houses of Congress?" he added.

Ramos is considered by Duterte as his "idol" and even attributing to Ramos the reason why he was convinced to shrug off his reluctance and eventually run for the Presidency in the last elections.

Together with Ramos, former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan reminded the Duterte administration and the Marcos family of their 1992 agreement to bring the late President's cadaver back in the country depriving the Marcos patriarch of full military honors.

"We had the conditions and we signed an agreement. And I think that agreement is still in the archives of MalacaAang," Alunan said.

"I would think because the agreement is still in force, then both sides should honor it. And as I understand it, the late President (Marcos) expressed his wish to be buried next to his mother," he added.

According to Alunan, the agreement with the Marcos faily was to allow the return of President Marcos' remains on condition it goes straight from Hawaii to Paoay; Marcos would be given honors befitting Major in the Armed Forces of the Philippines which was his last rank in Armed Forces; his remains will not be allowed to be paraded in Metro Manila because at the time,wounds were still fresh in the minds of people, and; the burial will have to be done in Ilocos Norte, and there will be no burial in Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Yellow army ready

Meanwhile, rain or shine, groups known to be aligned with the Liberal Party (LP) are set to launch a protest action today in Luneta Park to oppose President Duterte's green light to inter President Marcos' body at the LNMB.

According to the organizers of the said event, Vice President Leni Robredo will accordingly participate in the said rally.

In a statement, VP Robredo slammed Duterte's decision saying that as far as she's concerned, "Marcos is not a hero".

"How can we allow a hero's burial for a man who has plundered our country and was responsible for the death and disappearance of many Filipinos? Those who have greatly committed crimes and moral turpitude to the Filipino people cannot be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani," Robredo said.

"This decision will not bring unity to our country; it will only deepen the unhealed wounds of the survivors and family members of victims of the terrible years under the Marcos presidency," she added.

Robredo, who won the vice presidential race by a thin margin over the late dictator's son former Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr., also took swipe of the Marcos family's unapologetic stance towards the brickbats thrown at their patriarch.

"His heirs continue to deny that these sins against our people happened. They continue to have no remorse and still prevent the return of the wealth that they stole," she added.

In a press conference last Thursday night, Duterte slammed the "yellows" - who are apparently the LP - that are vocal in staging demonstrations against his decision that favors the Marcos legacy for not maximizing their capacity to ban such a move.

"They are now opposing the burial? Then they, the yellows, should've created a law that should have banned President Marcos from being buried at the Libingan. The yellows had their chance while in power to do it, but they didn't," the President said.

Earlier, Duterte announced that he is authorizing the burial of former president Marcos at the Heroes' Cemetery as he said there is no need for a public consultation on it.

"During our time 1992 to 1998, you must understand that we allowed the remains of the late President Marcos to return to the Philippines under certain conditions because of the possible destabilization of the country unless there were certain safeguards adopted. You will recall that he died in 1989, he came in 1992, (the) wounds of the People Power Revolution of 1986 which ejected the Marcos Martial Regime (were still fresh)," Ramos added.

"So we were very careful enough to make sure that the welfare of the people of the Philippines would be protected by the prevention of any angry or tension-filled peoples' movement," Ramos stressed.

CPP blasts Du30

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), meanwhile, condemned the plan of the Duterte regime to give the "former fascist dictator Ferdinand Marcos a hero's burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani."

The CPP said in a statement that Duterte claiming Marcos deserves to be buried with other former soldiers, he is helping perpetuate the historical lies surrounding Marcos' bogus medals and phoney Maharlika guerrilla unit.

"By further ordering that Marcos be accorded military honours befitting a former head of state, Duterte is virtually deleting Marcos' bloody record as a military despot and the fascist violence, human rights violation, corruption and economic hardships he made the Filipino people suffer through 14 years of dictatorship," it added.

It said the Filipino people hold all post-Marcos regimes equally culpable for the political restoration of the Marcos family-Imelda and their children, who all took part in the machinations of the Marcos dictatorship.

"According a hero's burial to the dead dictator will complete the Marcoses' political restoration and will complete the whitewash of all the crimes they perpetrated against the people," it added.

"Duterte is bull-headed with his decision to give Marcos a hero's burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. He is determined to squander the historical lessons treasured by the Filipino people. They are being politically disarmed from preventing the rise to power of future dictators," it said.

"Many fear this will be self-serving as Duterte bandies threats to declare martial law if he doesn't get his way in the frenzied 'war against drugs'," it added.

"By flaunting his ties and alliance with the Marcos family, Duterte is helping the Marcosian scheme to revise history and make the younger generations overlook the colossal plunder and sale of the country's patrimony, his debt-borrowing debt spree, his legacy of gross cronyism, his family's ostentatious lifestyle built upon the poverty of the people, and his martial law's massacre of freedom and democracy," the CPP said.

It said Duterte's decision on the Marcos burial displays extreme insensitivity to the sensibilities of thousands of victims, families and survivors of martial law barbarities. He insults the memory of thousands of patriotic Filipinos from all walks of life who gave up their lives at the prime of their youth to fight for the dictatorship's overthrow.

Source: Daily Tribune