Bongbong: We won't insist on Libingan burial

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Posted at Feb 19 2011 01:02 AM | Updated as of Feb 19 2011 09:02 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr., son of deposed former president Ferdinand Marcos, said Friday they won't insist on their father being buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

"As pointed out by at least two of my colleagues at the Senate, the late President, by virtue of his services as a soldier during World War II and his being a former Commander-in-Chief and former President of the Republic, twice elected, is entitled to no less than a state burial. We do not, however, wish to add to the numerous problems besetting President Noynoy Aquino's administration and I am sure the President himself feels likewise," Marcos said in a statement to the media.

"That is why the Marcos family has always been willing to explore any reasonable compromise wherein the late President be finally given a proper state burial," he said.

"I sincerely believe that this is an opportunity to finally put behind us old issues that divide us and galvanize our countrymen to move our nation forward towards a better future for all Filipinos," he added.

On Wednesday, President Aquino said he will not decide if the late former president Marcos should be buried at the said cemetery.

On the sidelines of the command conference in Camp Aguinaldo, Aquino said he would rather appoint someone with “less personal attachments” to study the matter.

Anything he says may be considered “biased,” he added.

Meanwhile, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said on Tuesday it is high time that Marcos be entitled to a resting place in the Libingan.

In an interview with reporters, Enrile said “he has not been tried of any crime although there are claims about certain behaviors and venalities in his government, but that is to be judged by the people and the courts in a proper case.”

Marcos’s body remains in a refrigerated crypt in the family mausoleum in Batac, Ilocos Norte.