A youth group activist says the body of the late President Ferdinand Marcos should not be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery). This is after incoming President Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte said that he will allow it. However, Akbayan Youth Chairperson Rafaela David explained why their group is against it. Watch video below.
“Tumututol kami sa pagpapalibing kay late President Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani. The late President Marcos is not a hero. Bagkus, siya ay magnanakaw, at marami ring namatay sa ilalim ng kanyang rehimen, sa ilalim ng Martial Law.” Rafaela David told Philstar this Wednesday, May 25 in the middle of the Akbayan Youth protest.
Indicentally, the Akbayan Youth also held the protest rally in front of the House of Representatives because they believe that Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. is fooling the public when he said that there was cheating in the recent May 9 elections. This is line with the vice-presidentiable’s alleged attempt to discredit the election results.
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Rafaela David said that the public should be vigilant about the issue, with the Congress starting the canvassing of votes for president and vice president that day. She noted people should not just believe in opinions, but rather take a closer look if there is really a solid evidence of the alleged cheating, especially in the vice-presidential race.
Meanwhile, President-elect Duterte consistently said he will allow the burial of late President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. In earlier interviews, Duterte said that Marcos was a hero and a great president. But this Tuesday, May 24, he told reporters that he allowed the Marcos burial not because he is a hero, but because he is a Filipino soldier.
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President Marcos passed away on September 28, 1989 in Hawaii, at the age of 72. His body was kept in a refrigerated, glass-topped coffin inside an air-conditioned crypt, and was interred in Byodo-In Temple, a private mausoleum in Oahu, Hawaii. In September 1993, then-President Fidel V. Ramos allowed Marcos’ remains to be taken to the Philippines.