Not completely Solid North: Ilocanos react to Marcos burial on Twitter


Posted at Nov 19 2016 02:02 AM

Former President Marcos laid to rest at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani in a private soldier's burial ceremony. Marcos Center

MANILA -- Following the clandestine burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday, Ilocanos took to social media to air their reactions. 

But contrary to popular belief, Ilocanos are not unanimous about the controversial burial in the heroes' cemetery. 

A number of Ilocano netizens opposed the burial, adding that not everyone from northern Philippines are Marcos supporters and apologists.

Protesters gather at Philcoa in Diliman Quezon City after hearing news that the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos is being buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday. The exact date of the burial was kept secret by the Marcos family, taking everyone by surprise. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Meanwhile, some netizens were overjoyed that Marcos, or Apo Makoy as they call him, was finally laid to rest in a place where three presidents and thousands of great soldiers are buried. 

Marcos loyalists show their support for the burial of Dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
Marcos family during the burial of their patriarch, former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Friday. Marcos Presidential Center

In a press conference held at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, the dictator's eldest daughter Imee apologized to her father's supporters who were not able to attend the burial, which they had been waiting for for almost nearly 3 decades. 

"Hindi man namin kayo kasama ngayon, hinding hindi namin malilimutan ang inyong pagmamalasakit at matinding sakripisyo upang mapatupad ang makasaysayang pagtitipon na ito," she said.

"Sa libo libong nagmahal at nagmamalasakit sa aming pamilya, kasama namin kayong nangarap at nanalangin sa halos tatlong dekada na makita ang araw na ito kaya naman ako ay humihingi ng dispensa at pag-unawa na lamang ninyo sa naging pasya ng aking pamilya na gawing payak, pribado at taimtim ang paglibing sa aking ama," she added.