According to the Enrile, who served as Marcos' Defense secretary before becoming a principal figure in the massive revolt that kicked the dictator out of power, there was no question that the hero’s burial should be granted.
“Hindi ko alam kung bakit nagiging issue ito kung saan siya ililibing… Dapat lang na mailibing si President Marcos doon sa libingan ng mga Pilipino na nag-serbisyo sa bayan na kagaya niya,” he said during the Samahang Plaridel's press conference held early Monday at the Manila Hotel.
Enrile then cited Marcos’ qualifications to be buried at the LNMB; he was a president and a multi-awarded soldier who received no less than a Medal of Valor.
His wrongdoings, argued Enrile, is a separate issue altogether when discussing his right to be buried at the LNMB.
“If you study what Marcos did over the time that he was president of the country, I don’t think not anyone—with due respect to all those that followed him and his record—except that he declared Martial Law to save this country. That is self-interest,” he said.
“You can’t deny him the right to be buried on his own homeland.”
Talk about the former president’s burial resurfaced after President Rodrigo Duterte gave the Marcos family permission to bury their patriarch at the LNMB.
The family has been keeping the late president’s remains on display in an air-conditioned crypt in Ilocos Norte since 1993, when then-president Fidel V. Ramos allowed Marcos' body to return to the Philippines four years after the latter's death in 1989.
However, more and more petitioners and protesters have been appealing to Duterte to reconsider as the scheduled burial on September 18 nears.