On Marcos burial at Libingan: Legal, yes, but is it moral?


Posted at Aug 10 2016 10:47 AM

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Not everything legal is moral. This is the position of sociologist Jayeel Cornelio of the Ateneo de Manila University regarding the upcoming burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Speaking to radio dzMM, Cornelio said President Duterte has already explained the legal basis on why Marcos should be buried in the national heroes cemetery.

He also cited a recent Social Weather Stations survey that showed 59 percent of 1,800 respondents said Marcos deserved to “be buried with official honors” as against 41 percent who said that he should be given a “private burial only.”

READ: Is Philippines ready for a state burial for Marcos?

Cornelio said the late dictator's burial in the heroes' cemetery raises a moral question since it could mean that Filipinos are "willing to set aside what happened during martial law."

"Are we making him a saint? Not really but we are declaring him a hero by burying him in the heroes' cemetery," he said.

RADIO DZMM, August 10, 2016