Communist rebels want Marcos burial tackled during peace talks

Christian Esguerra, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 30 2016 04:58 PM | Updated as of Nov 30 2016 05:46 PM

Rallyists carry anti-Marcos banners at the People Power Monument to protest the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Communist rebels will raise the issue of the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the heroes' cemetery when they resume peace talks with the government in January.

The burial of the "fascist monster" Marcos was a violation of international humanitarian law because of human rights violations under his regime, said Luis Jalandoni, former chairman of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) panel.

"Hindi mo pwedeng ideny o wag pakinggan yun kahilingan ng mga kabataan at sambayanan ngayon," Jalandoni told reporters Wednesday.

[You can't deny or not listen to the wishes of the youth and the nation right now.]

 

The NDFP panel would mention the burial along with the release of 434 political prisoners during the third round of formal talks set in Rome, said Jalandoni.

But he did not say how the burial, which was aggressively pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte, would affect the talks.

He said both sides have other important issues to resolve such as agrarian reform, national industrialization and existing defense agreements with the United States.