Celebrities react to surprise Marcos burial


Posted at Nov 18 2016 08:17 PM | Updated as of Nov 19 2016 12:35 AM

MANILA - Local celebrities took to Twitter to air their reactions to the hurried burial of the late dictator and former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani at noon on Friday.

Marcos, who was accused of torturing, abducting and killing thousands, as well as looting billions from the country's coffers, was interred with full military honors in a private ceremony, three decades after he was ousted by the "People Power” revolution of 1986.

The funeral has since sparked protests across the country.

An angry Enchong Dee lashed out at the decision to allow the burial, saying: "I strongly stick to my statement before: Marcos will always be a thief, murderer, dictator."

Television host Bianca Gonzalez shared Dee's sentiments.

Meanwhile, Gretchen Ho expressed sadness over the news.

TV personality Atom Araullo blamed President Rodrigo Duterte giving permission to the burial back in August.

Award-winning director Pepe Diokno has some advice for the rallyists, "If people cannot understand why we stand up against Marcos, should we rephrase and tell them what it is we stand up for? Today's protests should not simply be anti-Marcos. They should be for justice, justice for victims and millions stolen."

Singer Leah Navarro, a known critic of Duterte, described the burial as an "affront to a nation he [Marcos] tried to make into his personal kingdom."

Meanwhile, here's filmmaker Antoinette Jadaone's take:

Jim Paredes wrote this on his Twitter account:

Saab Magalona, the daughter of the late rap icon Francis M., quoted lyrics from his father's hit "1-800-Ninety Six."

Lourd de Veyra kept it simple:

Duterte's decision to allow Marcos' burial have always been a divisive topic among Filipinos. Some of his celebrity supporters, such as Robin Padilla and Freddie Aguilar, are backing him, with some calling for respect for the Supreme Court vote in favor of the Marcos burial.