What past PH presidents said about Marcos burial

Kimberly Jane Tan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 08 2016 01:45 PM

How did past presidents handle the issue of former president Ferdinand Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani? Here's what they said:

CORAZON AQUINO (1986 to 1992)

Cory Aquino said she would not allow Marcos to be buried in the Philippines for "the safety of those who would take the death of Mr. Marcos in widely and passionately conflicting ways," according to a 1989 New York times story.

FIDEL RAMOS (1992 to 1998)

The Marcoses negotiated with the Ramos administration to allow them to return to the Philippines and bury the former leader in Ilocos Norte instead of the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Ramos, who helped oust Marcos, said Congress should decide the issue. "I said officially, let the people decide. Who are the people? Our representatives and senators now sitting in Congress," he said.

However, the Ramos gov't and the Marcos family was able to reach a written agreement on the interment of Marcos' remains in his hometown in Ilocos Norte.

JOSEPH ESTRADA (1998 to 2001)

In 2014, Ramos accused Estrada of attempting to have Marcos buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani days before he took his oath as president in 1998. Estrada denied this, although he said he was in favor of the move.

“Who, among us, do not commit mistakes? As Jesus Christ said, ‘anyone who has not sinned may cast the first stone.' Being a Christian, we should practice forgiveness. [Marcos] was also a former president and a former guerrilla. Every president is entitled to be buried there," he said.

GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO (2001 to 2010)

After stepping down from the presidency, Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo expressed support for Marcos' burial at the Heroes' Cemetery.

"I signed a resolution for that in the previous Congress so I'm for it," she said.

However, she opposed it when she was president.

BENIGNO AQUINO III (2010 TO 2016)

Mr. Aquino decided against the burial during his administration.

“The pro [burial] seems to be one group. The anti- burial seems to be so many groups, and in a sense representing the whole political spectrum… I still cling to the hope that there are a lot, if not a very significant majority, who are against this burial and the desecration of the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Aquino said in a November 7, 2016 Philippine Daily Inquirer story.