Bongbong: My dad deserves Libingan ng mga Bayani burial

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

RIZAL - Vice-presidential bet Senator Ferdinand ''Bongbong'' Marcos Jr. on Monday again maintained that his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos, also deserves to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

READ: Bongbong: It's my dad's right to be buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani

This, after the remains of the late President Elpidio Quirino were transferred to the hero's cemetery from the Manila South Cemetery on Monday.

Marcos pointed out legal reasons for his family's desire to have the late strongman transferred from Batac, Ilocos Norte to the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.

"Ang sinasabi ng rules, ang isang sundalo na nagsilbi sa bayan may karapatan na mailibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani, ang isang naging Pangulo may karapatan na mailibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani," he said.

When asked whether heroism should be a main criteria for such privilege, Marcos simply reiterated that the rules should be followed.

"What are the rules for? The family doesn't change our position. We go by the rules," he said.

Marcos also did not categorically answer whether he will work on the transfer of his father's remains if he becomes vice president.

"We have not actively [done] that," he said. "But it is to our belief that he belongs there."

Marcos said the family is not considering bringing the matter to court.

"We don't need to bring the courts here. This is not the way to achieve that."

'LET THE ELECTORATE JUDGE ME'

The younger Marcos has been criticized for refusing to apologize for the injustices committed during his father's dictatorship.

READ: Bongbong on Marcos era: What am I to say sorry for?

"Let the electorate judge me and my family," said Marcos, who was at the Tomas Claudio College in Morong, Rizal.

Marcos was asked by students about his reaction to President Aquino's stinging statement against him during the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution last week.

READ: PNoy campaigns against Bongbong in People Power speech

Marcos did not categorically answer the question but told voters to be more critical of the accomplishments of each candidate in the May 9 elections.

In the press conference following the forum, Marcos said Aquino's criticism was not directed only to him but to the entire Marcos family.

"The President's criticism is not just about me but everything about my family,'' he said. "Pakiramdam ko tuloy, parang presidente yung tinatakbuhan ko."

"Leave it to the people to judge,'' he said.

"Who did most for the country? Sino ba talaga ang nagmalasakit at nagsakripisyo sa taong bayan? Sino ang nagdala talaga ng ginhawa?"

He also clarified that this was a general statement and not a reference to any particular administration or president, or any political family that has ruled the country.

RIZAL POLITICIANS SUPPORT BONGBONG

Marcos also got the support of political heavyweights in Rizal as he wooed voters in the province Monday.

Among those who showed up at the provincial capitol to rally behind Marcos were Governor Rebecca Ynares, former governor Casimiro Ynares, Jr., Vice Governor Frisco San Juan, Jr., Antipolo City Mayor Casimiro "Jun" Ynares III, Antipolo 2nd District Rep. Romeo Acop, Antipolo 1st District Rep. Roberto "Robie" Puno and former Antipolo Mayor Angelito Gatlabayan.

In welcoming Marcos to the provincial capitol, Vice Gov. San Juan said the senator's visit is unnecessary since Rizal is close to the Marcos family. He noted that the Marcos family has done a lot to usher progress in the province.

Marcos thanked the political leaders of Rizal as well as the employees of the provincial capitol for the warm welcome they gave him. He said national unity is crucial in addressing the problems besetting the country today.

Before visiting the provincial capitol, Marcos took part at the flag-raising rites at the Antipolo City Hall where he was the guest speaker. Marcos also visited other Rizal towns such as Teresa, Morong, Tanay, Baras and Pililla and Jalajala.