(SPOT.ph) Commission on Human Rights Chair Etta Rosales expressed her shock on Saturday over Vice President Jejomar Binay’s decision to give the late President Ferdinand Marcos a hero’s burial, and deemed the move an insult to human rights victims, reports ABS-CBN News.
Instead of burying Marcos in Libingan ng mga Bayani, as originally requested by former First Lady Imelda Marcos, the Vice President recommended that the dictator-president be interred with full military honors in his home province of Ilocos Norte. A martial law victim herself, Rosales considers this decision a “beautiful gesture” but military honors, she said in the report, is a different story.
In the report, Rosales further explained that Marcos corrupted the military by using them as protection from those who wanted to restore democracy. “The problems that we have with the military now date back to the time of Marcos when he had to corrupt them to get their loyalty," Rosales said. "Not only that, isn’t it a fact that he was a plunderer? He stole the wealth of the nation. And now we give him full military honors? Is that honorable?”
According to the report, Rosales is appealing to Binay, who worked as a human rights lawyer prior to his political career, and to President Noynoy Aquino himself to block the reported recommendation. “If you’re going to give him full military honors, you insult the martyrdom of former Senator Benigno Aquino (Jr.). You insult the struggle and leadership of the late Corazon Aquino, who symbolized human rights and democratic rule,” she said.
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