The supporters of the late President Ferdinand Marcos started the "Kailian March," embarking on a four-day trek from Ilocos Norte to Metro Manila.
"Kailian" is an Ilocano word meaning "community."
The Marcos supporters started the march on Friday, October 14, in anticipation of the ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) on Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
"The caravan is expected to arrive Manila by Monday, October 17, where the Marcos supporters will hold a unity mass and vigil will be held in front of the SC," reports Philstar.
It may be recalled that the SC extended until Tuesday, October 18, its order to temporarily stop the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani so that the justices has more time to "resolve the case on merits."
The report noted: "Marcos supporters insist the former president was a World War II veteran, being part of the 14th Infantry Battalion and a guerrilla under the United States Army Forces in the Far East and the US Army Forces in the Philippines."
However, there are scholars who have pointed out that Marcos' war record was faked.
In fact, as the Inquirer reported, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has also objected to Marcos being buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
In July 12 this year, the NHCP released its study, "Why Ferdinand E. Marcos should not be buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani." The study pointed out: "A doubtful record also does not serve as a sound, unassailable basis of historical recognition of any sort, let alone burial in a site intended as its name suggests for heroes."
The NHCP's study was based on archived documents and official websites of pertinent US government agencies.
Aside from the NHCP, John Sharkey, assistant foreign editor of The Washington Post, had also written in 1983 that an "18-month effort to verify Marcos’ claims to high American decorations raises serious doubts about whether he actually was awarded them."