MANILA - Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos on Saturday hit back at critics who opposed the burial of her father, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, at the heroes' cemetery.
“Sana maintindihan ninyo lahat dahil maraming maingay diyan na mukhang may sakit at naninilaw,” Imee told Marcos loyalists at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Saturday.
(I hope you all understand because there are many noisy people out there who look sickly and yellowish.)
The color yellow is associated with the Liberal Party and Aquino family, the political nemesis of the Marcoses. President Marcos was unseated by the 1986 People Power Revolution and was replaced by the late President Corazon Aquino, wife of the late Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. and mother of also former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.
Imee made the remark after pockets of protests sprouted in some parts of Metro Manila on Friday, right after the clandestine burial of the late strongman at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Protesters chanted anti-Marcos slogans, all insisting the former president did not deserve to be buried at the heroes' cemetery.
On Saturday, the Marcos family seemed unfazed and even went back to the Libingan ng mga Bayani to offer a mass for the late dictator.
Imee also thanked her father’s supporters for her father’s “simple and peaceful” burial.
"Finally nagawa na rin natin ang hinihiling niya," she said.
[Finally we were able to fulfill his last wish.]
More than 2,000 Marcos loyalists from Ilocos Norte arrived at the heroes' cemetery on Saturday to visit the former president's grave.