MANILA, Philippines - The public is split on the worthiness of burying former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the Social Weather Station (SWS) said.
Based on a survey done from March 4 to March 7, the polling institute said it found a “virtual exact split” in the opinions of the respondents, with 50% agreeable and 49% answering that Marcos is not fit to be buried there.
The respondents were asked: “In your opinion, is the body of ex-Pres. Marcos worthy to be buried in the Heroes Cemetery or not? [Sa inyong palagay, karapat-dapat bang ilibing ang bangkay ni dating Pres. Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani o hindi?].”
Of the 50% who answered in the affirmative, 30% said he should be “buried with official honors” and 20% said he should be given “private burial only.”
The March 2011 SWS survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults in Metro Manila, the Balance of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It had sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, ±6% for area percentages.
The support came from 58% in Metro Manila and 54% in the Balance Luzon.
This is in contrary to opinions from Visayas and Mindanao, with 59% and 54%, respectively.
Those who favor a Libingan burial with official honors for Marcos are 34% in Balance Luzon, 32% in Metro Manila, 26% in the Visayas, and 24% in Mindanao.
Those who prefer having only a private Libingan burial for the former President are 26% in Metro Manila, 20% in Balance Luzon, 20% in the Visayas, and 16% in Mindanao.
Opinions were also split across classes: 53% support and 46% oppose in class ABC, 50%-49% in class D or masa, and 51%-49% in class E.
Those who prefer a Libingan burial with official honors are: 31% in class D, 29% in class ABC, and 29% in class E.
On the other hand, preference for a private Libingan burial is 24% in class ABC, 22% in class E, and 19% in class D.