MANILA, Philippines - To end the debate on the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos, Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile filed a bill seeking to allocate a portion of the site for a pantheon for former Presidents.
"The revival of the debate over the burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani has opened old wounds and divided the country," Enrile said in a statement.
"By dealing with this issue now, we will not only provide an appropriate closure to the debate but, more importantly, allow the country to move forward and focus on more pressing issues of the day," he added.
House Bill 4876 seeks to set aside 25% of the 142-hectare Libingan ng mga Bayani for the development of a national pantheon for former Presidents.
He said Armed Forces Regulations G 161-373 states that deceased commanders-in-chief, or Presidents, are entitled to be interred there.
He said there was an earlier law, Republic Act 298, which mandates a Board of National Pantheon to construct sites for presidents, heroes and patriots. It was never implemented, he noted.