BAGUIO CITY - Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo on Friday asserted her that former President Ferdinand Marcos is not a hero, despite his interment at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“Ako personally hindi talaga. I think the president knows that, where I stand personally but I don’t want to keep rubbing it in kasi siya nga ang presidente. Pero ganun ang tindig ko: Hindi ko siya [Marcos] tinuturing na bayani.”
[Personally, I don't Marcos is a hero. I think the president knows that, where I stand personally, but I don't want to keep rubbing it in because he is the president. But that is my stance: I don't consider him (Marcos) a hero.]
Taguiwalo, one of the left-leaning members of President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet, was a victim of human rights abuses during the Martial Law.
Her sentiments about the late strongman is shared by Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA), a progressive group in Cordillera opposing Marcos’ burial among the country's heroes.
“This is a day of mourning not for a hero president, but mourning for injustice that happened today,” a tearful Vice Chairman Audrey Beltran said.
She added they will not stop protesting Marcos’ burial as it is an insult to all the victims of martial law.
Student groups in Baguio are also enraged by the burial, which came just days after the Supreme Court decided to allow the move initiated by Duterte.
“Talagang nagulat kami sa hanay ng kabataan lalo na sa campus press. Galit na galit kami dahil hindi natin dapat kalimutan ang campus press rights violations lalo na sa sitwasyon ng cordillera noong Martial Law,” said Jeoffrey Larua, head of a local student press.
[We were really surprised among the youth, especially in the campus press. We are really enraged because we should not forget the campus press rights violations, especially in Cordillera during Martial Law.]