By Paterno Esmaquel II
‘Let the people decide’
Ramos, for his part, said Congress must decide whether Marcos will be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“I said officially, let the people decide. Who are the people? Our representatives and senators now sitting in Congress,” said Ramos, who served in the military under Marcos until turning on him in 1986.
He also suggested that elected lawmakers issue a resolution about Marcos’ burial, saying it would reflect the will of the people.
Ramos and Alunan made these remarks after Duterte sent them to Hong Kong for informal talks with Chinese representatives regarding the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
In a separate Facebook post on Saturday, Alunan said the agreement took into consideration the following:
- “The divisiveness of the issue”
- “The potential for bloodshed at the time” that the government wanted to prevent
- “The recognition of criminal wrongdoing by his regime that led to his ouster as president and commander-in-chief; and his disqualification for burial honors in the Libingan ng mga Bayani as a logical consequence”
Alunan added that he wants to protect the presidency of Duterte, also known by his initials PRRD.
“I would like to add that we are protective of PRRD’s presidency; and any issue we see that could undermine his effectiveness and erode his political capital too early in the game compels us to speak out and point the way for his consideration and appropriate action,” Alunan said.
He also said the issue is not whether Marcos deserves a hero’s burial as a past president or soldier, “but whether he meets the qualifications of a ‘bayani’ (hero) out of respect for those who lived up to the standards of heroism till the end.”
Alunan said, “His ouster as President and commander-in-chief speaks for itself, and the exception to the rule that disqualifies a candidate should apply here.”
Other Duterte supporters, such as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, also reject a hero’s burial for Marcos.
Duterte however asserted on Thursday, August 11, that Marcos deserves a hero’s burial because he is a soldier and a former president.
The President said this is allowed under Philippine laws.