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Aug 8, 2016
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Since President Rodrigo Duterte gave the Marcos family the go-signal for the interment of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, many have expressed opposition to the forthcoming move.

One of them was Vice President Leni Robredo, who described the former president as "no hero" in her recent Facebook post.

She pointed out the fact that his scions' refusal to own up to their faults just shows that they "continue to have no remorse," which, in turn, "prevent(s) the return of the wealth that they stole."

Among Marcos' heirs is Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr., who was Leni's closest rival in the vice presidential race of the recently concluded national elections.

Meanwhile, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, in an executive summary released on August 5, also listed four reasons why Marcos should not be laid to rest at the heroes' cemetery:

1) "Mr. Marcos lied about receiving U.S. medals: Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and Order of the Purple Heart, which he claimed as early as about 1945.

2) "His guerrilla unit, the Ang Mga Maharlika, was never officially recognized and neither was his leadership of it.

3) "U.S. officials did not recognize Mr. Marcos's rank promotion from Major in 1944 to Lt. Col. by 1947.

4) "Some of Mr. Marcos's actions as a soldier were officially called into question by upper echelons of the U.S. military, such as his command over the Allies Intelligence Unit (described as "usurpation"), his commissioning of officers (without authority), his abandonment of USAFIP-NL presumably to build an airfield for Gen. Roxas, his collection of money for the airfield (described as "illegal"), and his listing of his name on the roster of different units (called a "malicious criminal act").

For his part, Senator Kiko Pangilinan expressed his strong sentiments on the issue, which have since gone viral. "Burying a murderer and a thief in the Libingan ng mga Bayani is not moving on," he said through a Facebook post on August 6.

In May, the Armed Forces of the Philippines which manages the cemetery released official guidelines for an individual to qualify for a hero's burial. Based on the said guidelines, the mere fact that Marcos was a former president is enough to qualify him. But it also clearly states that "personnel who were dishonorably separated, reverted or discharged from the service and personnel who were convicted by final judgment of an offense involving moral turpitude" are not qualified.

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Marcos died while in exile in Hawaii in 1989 after being overthrown by a massive and historic revolution. His remains were flown back to the country in 1993 and have since been preserved in a mausoleum in Ilocos Norte.

 

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