Faculty members of the University of the Philippines Diliman criticized President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday over the hurried burial of late dictator and former president Ferdinand Marcos at the heroes' cemetery, saying it was the only campaign promise fulfilled by the President "with inflexible conviction."
“Duterte's campaign promises of pre-people changes remain insubstantial in the face of the only promise he has so far fulfilled with inflexible conviction; the burial of a dictator and criminal as a hero,” they said in a statement.
They added that Duterte’s "pandering" to the Marcoses is similar to inaction of previous administrations that did little to nothing to hold the former dictator and his cronies accountable for Martial Law crimes.
“Twelve years under two Aquinos, six years under Fidel Ramos, three years under Erap Estrada and nine years under Gloria Macapagal Arroyo did nothing to prosecute any of the Marcoses for their corruption and complicity in the atrocities of the Martial Law era; nor even to give justice to the ill-gotten wealth that the Marcoses' unquenchable political ambitions, but instead they allowed the family to creep back into positions of power without any admission of guilt,” the statement read.
“Today, it is Duterte's hand in the Supreme Court ruling that represents the most blatant negation of the Filipino people's struggle against the tyrant, producing the conditions of possibility for the gross historical revisionism at present the return of Marcoses to power.”
They also criticized the President’s bloody war on drugs.
“In the face of this severe betrayal of the people's will, his anti-corruption platform loses mettle. His war on drugs, which has only resulted in extra-judicial killings of many civilians and innocents, translates his peace and security promises as a vicious attack on the poor and disempowered,” they said.
The late dictator’s burial at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani was kept out of the public eye until a few hours before his interment on Friday noon.
A massive demonstration is scheduled November 25 at the Rizal to protest the late dictator’s burial.