Militant lawmakers vs. Duterte in hero's burial for Marcos

Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 10 2016 05:21 PM

RESOLUTION FILED TO STOP HERO'S BURIAL

MANILA – Militant lawmakers at the House of Representatives are opposing the scheduled burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

The Makabayan bloc, composed of representatives from party-list groups Bayan Muna, ACT, Gabriela and Anakpawis, despite being part of the majority, filed House Resolution No. 197 to oppose the burial of the late strongman.

Rep. Antonio Tinio appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his decision to allow the burial since burying Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani will only deepen the wounds of victims of human rights violations during martial law.

"Sinasabi ni Pangulong Duterte, 'move on, healing,' pero ito ay mangyayari lamang if mailalabas katotohanan, mabibigay katarungan sa mga biktima, at may restitution ng mga ninakaw,'' Tinio said.

''Ang paglibing sa kanya ay lalo lang magpapalalim ng sugat at hidwaan."

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Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Tuesday said the President's decision has legal basis and that the late dictator is qualified to be interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani for being a former President and war veteran.

But Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Carlos Zarate said, there is more to the said regulation.

''According to regulations, if a soldier is discharged from his position for bringing dishonor, hindi siya pwede sa Libingan ng mga Bayani. He (Marcos) was ousted...Huwag tayo mag-focus sa letter ng regulasyon na iyan kundi sa spirit," said Zarate. 

''Ang problema sa argumento ng Malakanyang, nagpapanggap tayo na ordinaryong tao ang pinaguusapan. Kwestyonable pa nga medals niya bilang sundalo, tapos diktador pa. I-demolish na People Power at Edsa Shrine, eh kaya nga may monumento ipinagdiriwang kawastuhan ng 1986 People Power Revolution," Tinio said.

The Makabayan bloc reiterated they are against martial law then and now, vowing to be at the frontlines if martial law is reimplemented.

This comes after Duterte threatened to declare martial law amid his tiff with Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who questioned his decision to reveal the names of judges with alleged links to the illegal drug trade.

"We will be on the frontline. Tutol tayo sa deklarasyon ng Martial Law. Kahit pa war on drugs, 'di kailangan ng martial law. Kailangan lang maayos na patakaran," said Tinio 

The Makabayan bloc is convinced, however, that Duterte was not serious about his threat.

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