Duterte said the first reason was that he recognized Marcos’ service to the country as a soldier, GMA News reported.
“I will allow Marcos' burial in Libingan Ng Mga Bayani, not because he was a hero but because he was a Filipino soldier,” explained Digong.
“Sundalo iyan. Huwag na iyong hero. Huwag mong sabihin na lahat na namatay diyan sa Libingan Ng Mga Bayani, hero? Iba diyan retired [na sundalo] eh,” he added.
Duterte's second reason was to end the ongoing hatred among Filipinos the decades-old issue has been causing.
“[It] has long created a division amongst our people. Almost all of the Ilokanos, naghihinakit talaga. Lahat. Halos lahat galit kung bakit ganoon ang ginawa sa kanya,” he noted. “I am sure I would erase amongst our people one hatred.”
Duterte also said that he was willing to immediately arrange Marcos’ burial, and that he's okay with having it done during the former president’s 99th birthday anniversary on September 11.
The dictator died while in exile in Hawaii in 1989 after being overthrown by a massive and historic revolt. His remains were flown back to the country in 1993.
Victims of Marcos’ martial rule have long been opposing his burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani which prompted his family to preserve his body in a mausoleum in Ilocos Norte.
Photo from Rody Duterte: The Real Change Facebook account