Marcos burial inconsistent with EDSA spirit - Satur Ocampo

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 09 2016 02:47 PM

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) ruling in favor of a burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos is inconsistent with the spirit of the 1986 EDSA Revolution that overthrew him, a torture victim under the Marcos regime maintained Wednesday. 

Makabayan Coalition president Satur Ocampo, who was detained for 9 years during Marcos' rule, said the SC must overturn its decision and take into account the public judgement which branded the late strongman as a "traitor." 

"Taliwas 'yun (ruling) sa kapasyahan ng mga mamamayan noong Feb. 25, 1986 na itinakwil siya bilang taksil din sa bayan... Mas malakas ang timbang ng desisyon ng mamamayan kahit dun sa desisyon ng Korte Suprema," Ocampo told ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda." 

"Dapat isasaalang-alang 'yun na mayroon nang judgement ang Filipino people na kinilala nationwide. Kung tinimbang ang ginawa ni Marcos... sa ginawa niya o mga batas na ginawa niyang mahusay sa kalaunan sa kabuuan, tinuring na pabigat siya at ang kanyang rehimen." 

(The ruling is inconsistent with the decision of the citizens in Feb. 25, 1986 which disowned Marcos as a traitor to the country. The decision of the people should have greater weight than that of the Supreme Court.)

(They should consider that there is already a judgement from the Filipino people. If the achievements of Marcos were weighed, the beneficial projects and laws he pushed were later considered as a burden by the people.) 

The ruling, he added, violates the "Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013" which recognized the crimes committed by the Marcos regime and granted compensation to the victims. 

"Mayroon ding batas 'yung RA10368 na nagbibigay ng recognition ng compensation sa mga biktima ng martial law bilang national policy. Ngayon ang sinasabi, kapag mayroong desisyon ang Supreme Court, hindi dapat nagba-violate sa declared national policy. Declared national policy na kilalanin ang heroism and sacrifices ng victims," said Ocampo, a former lawmaker.
 
He also insisted there is no justice in granting honor to a "murderer and plunderer" like Marcos. 

"Hindi makatarungan. Bagama't sinasabi na nakabatay sa batas 'yung kanilang desisyon, sa kabuuan hindi patas. Kung tutuusin, pararangalan ang taong gumawa ng karahasan, ng pagpatay at pangungulimbat sa bayan," he bemoaned. 

(It is not fair. Although they say the ruling is based on law, it is unfair on the whole. We are going to honor a person who committed violence, killings and plunder.)

He also noted that 75,000 people applied for compensation as rights victims during the Martial Law era while government is still locked in a legal battle to recover a large part of the $10 billion allegedly plundered by the Marcoses from state coffers. 

On top of this, Ocampo said the late strongman also fabricated his World War 2 military records which entitled him to a hero's burial, based on the SC ruling. 

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Ocampo is among thousands of youth activists allegedly tortured by state forces under Marcos' orders. He was detained in 1976 at a military camp where he escaped in 1985. 

He and other burial petitioners are set to file a motion for reconsideration in hopes of overturning SC's Tuesday ruling. 

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