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Burying Ferdinand Marcos as a hero is an insult to human rights –Commission on Human Rights chair
Published on: Jun 5, 2011 - 11:16pm

( 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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  • doubter
    @marielle - i see your point .. there was a time that peso and dollar had the same currency. however, he was so addicted with power that he is ready to kill innocent people who stands his way. yes, no one was corrupt during those times - except himself.. now, everybody is corrupt because their mentality is to be corrupt for their own sake. they got that idea from marcos. rnrnas for Cory, as much as we owe her our democracy - she was very laxed and people just abused it. rnrnwe filipinos should just have half democratic and half-dictactorial govt, cause with too much freedom, we abuse it and we became selfish. now, whats left to us is by being proud.. proud of being proud. thats about it.
    Jun 08 2011 @ 04:31pm     Reply  
  • pro justice
    @stella_p - i think i understand why PNoy gave the floor to VP Binay to decide on Marcos' burial. This is just in my own opinion:rn1. if he says no, he will be attacked by the media that hes being biased because his family were victims of marcoses.rn2.if he says yes, hes hypocrite because why would he give full military honors to marcos when the country suffered greatly under marcos' term. his own father and their family were a victim of marcos' too.rnrnbut dont get me wrong, i do see your point, he is the President and he should be firm in his decisions. although, honestly, in my opinion, they should not waste time in this kind of request. they still have a lot of more impt things to decide. imelda should just let marcos rest somewhere and not demand anything. she hs absolutely NO right. what a shame.
    Jun 08 2011 @ 04:13pm     Reply  
  • marielle
    does one really have to commit suicide in the midst of an ongoing investigation of corruption to be granted the right to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani?... Marcos may have been corrupt, but no one should doubt that he did a lot of good for the country... history has since proven that marcos had done so much for the country, which cannot be said of his successors... none of those who came after him ever really made good their promises to the people... we became poorer under cory, and until now we're going worse under noynoy... Marcos did not destroy the Philippines... he did in fact put it in the map for having raised awareness about it, but his successors simply made this country known for corruption and crimes..
    Jun 08 2011 @ 12:20pm     Reply  
  • boy abundat
    I say no. Those who are indifferent to the lessons of the past are bound to repeat or suffer the same fate in the future. "Forgive and forget" doesn't apply this time around.
    Jun 08 2011 @ 12:01pm     Reply  
  • surg702
    @ joernrnThat was a powerful statement. I totally agree with what you said that Ferdinand Marcos deserves nothing from the people and country that he destroyed. Marcos' legacy of corruption has become a monster that can not be tamed anymore.
    Jun 08 2011 @ 01:41am     Reply  
  • stella_p
    Pnoy of all presidents you are the one who I thought would make the right choice here..Pnoy, something you could have made a clear decision were once an activist who fought against the marcos regime...rnrnPnoy, I didn't vite for you and am am so glad i didn't...
    Jun 07 2011 @ 10:52pm     Reply  
  • joe
    I was born years after the People Power but I know its significance, and the damage the Marcoses have done to this country.rnrnNot all young people are apathetic or pathetic. Some remember their history.rnrnGiving Marcos a hero's burial is forgetting that he and his wife are responsible for the economic destruction of our once-promising country, the murder of thousands, and the perpetuation of a now-chronic culture of corruption. rnrnFerdinand Marcos deserves nothing from us, and we as Filipinos deserve to have him buried as a nobody.rnrnI hope we remember all the atrocities he and his wife committed. I also hope our children never forget, lest more Dans and Mrs Angelo Reyeses.
    Jun 07 2011 @ 10:45pm     Reply  
  • bisugo
    Grabe ang mga Marcos - mga may posisyon lahat sa gobyerno. At ang ama nila ngayon pinag-kakaaksayahan pa ng panahon at buwis ng Pilipino kung kailangang pang ilibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani. rnFamilya Marcos pa lang yan, ang dami pang political dynasties na naka pila, lahat sila nagpayaman at patuloy pa rin ang pangungurakot... hayyy, minsan nawawalan na ako ng pag-asa, di ko rin masisi kung bakit may NPA pa rin sa panahon ng iCloud.
    Jun 07 2011 @ 08:55pm     Reply  
  • pro justice
    @xx - youre the hypocrite one. rn@dr no - lets not erase him in PH history. let the memory of what he did lives.. the pain, the agony, the losses, the sufferings, i could go on and on and on.. this will serve as a reminder for every filipino to not abuse the democracy that was given back to us..
    Jun 07 2011 @ 01:37pm     Reply  
  • dr no
    Pres. PNoy should respect the filipino people and erase Ferdinand E. Marcos from PH history like he never existed.
    Jun 07 2011 @ 12:36pm     Reply  
  • xx
    matagal nang patay yung tao. patahimikin niyo na. ilibing na. ang dami talagang ipokrito sa pilipinas. naging sundalo at naging presidente siya tapos. ilibing sa libingan ng mga bayani.
    Jun 07 2011 @ 09:34am     Reply  
  • mrs yes
    dr. no said, "Ferdinand E. Marcos was never a combat soldier." What propaganda can do!
    Jun 07 2011 @ 09:26am     Reply  
  • dr no
    Ferdinand E. Marcos was never a combat soldier. What hero are we talking about here ? Do you also believe the earth is flat ?
    Jun 07 2011 @ 08:41am     Reply  
  • expresidentnowcongresswoman...
    i really love the filipino people for being so forgiving noh!? i'm excited to be a future heroine in the future too noh!? (evil laugh)...
    Jun 06 2011 @ 11:23pm     Reply  
  • erica
    too much chest beatings and bleeding hearts in this room. rnrnjust because you quote some author who said marcos fabricated his war achievements doesn't make it true, does it?rnrnyour ulcers, anyway.
    Jun 06 2011 @ 05:49pm     Reply  
  • jonas
    people like Dan are the kind of apathetic schmucks who are more concerned with stuff like the latest tech gadgets but could care less about the hell that our parents went through. Hindi purkit pinanganak ka years after Marcos fell doesn't mean magboboka ka about moving on, you don't even understand the implications.rnrnNo matter where he is to be buried, Marcos does not and should not deserve any full honors. Thieves and corrupt people should not warrant any special treatment, even for someone like him na topscorer sa bar pero unmasked as a fake war hero.
    Jun 06 2011 @ 04:48pm     Reply  
  • pro pro-justice
    I agree with you, pro-justice. Filipinos are very much known for being forgetful and forgiving. I'm a post-Marcos baby, but from what I learned in college, he doesn't deserve to receive a hero's burial. Ika nga sa war memorials all over the world, "lest we forget..."
    Jun 06 2011 @ 02:11pm     Reply  
  • dr no
    Honoring Ferdinand E. Marcos as a hero is like saying rnCHARLES MANSON is not a sick murderer and should be released from jail. These two bastards belong in the same page.
    Jun 06 2011 @ 01:51pm     Reply  
  • dr no
    People who are old enough would know that Ferdinand E. Marcos fabricated his war records. Read the book authored by Sterling Seagrave " The MarcosrnDynasty " you will know what this plunderer did to this nation and its people. I say no to any heroes burial.
    Jun 06 2011 @ 01:42pm     Reply  
  • mrs. angelo reyes
    Can we all just move on ok ok ok?
    Jun 06 2011 @ 11:09am     Reply  
  • pro-justice
    thats why we have corrupt people everywhere because of the attitude "lets forget it, move on, it has been decades." so thats just it? lets just forget? people will never learn the lesson. they will keep on committing the same mistakes again and again.. its time to do something harsh. no exemptions whether the issue was decades ago or just recently. if we want to go forward as a country we have to start being hard. thats why those corrupts are spoiled because they are just being pardoned.
    Jun 06 2011 @ 10:31am     Reply  
  • dan
    Like many relatively younger Filipinos, I am indifferent with this issue. Bury him already and let's go on with our lives. It has been decades already. He may be a bad president, but aren't we burying him as a war hero?rnrnWhat dismays me big time is the inability of the current president to (again) make a decision and let his VP make a difficult decision (although the text votes scheme really is the pits), and take all the flak.
    Jun 06 2011 @ 10:18am     Reply  
  • pro-justice
    "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?” - I totally agree with Rosales. what he did to our nation left a big deep scar in the hearts of our fellow filipinos who suffered greatly under his regime. why not just bury him and be done with it. yes, he WAS a great president in his EARLY years but he became so obsessed with power that it overshadowed the good things he contributed in this country. i dont agree with full military honors. i even think that our country should take away the wealth of the marcoses since it belongs to us. like what China did to the corrupt former head of State Food and Drug Administration. they executed him and took away the wealth of the family and left them so poor. i think we should do that to our corrupt leaders. they deserve to be executed and get all the money bk to the country because they dont even care if their people will starve. so we dont care as well if they die.
    Jun 06 2011 @ 09:36am     Reply  
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