Bury Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani, at least 190 House representatives urge administration
(SPOT.ph) At least 190 House representatives, out of 283 members, have recently signed a resolution urging the administration to allow the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, reports Manila Times.
Sorsogon Rep. Salvador Escudero III, who served as Marcos’ Agriculture minister during Martial Law, authored House Resolution 204. "While Marcos was ousted from power, it could not be denied that he served the country well. I expect the resolution to be signed by more than 200 House members."
According to Manila Times, the signatories include Marcos’ widow and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Negros Occidental Rep. Iggy Arroyo, and San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito. On the other hand, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan are some of the legislators who did not sign the resolution.
Sen. Bongbong Marcos, son of the late strongman, thanked the signatories last week, reports ABS-CBN News.
The family of President Noynoy Aquino has previously refused to bury Marcos at the resting place for martyrs and heroes, reports Manila Times. "Like many Filipinos, Mr. Aquino believes Mr. Marcos had his father (Ninoy Aquino), a political rival, assassinated in 1983," The New York Times wrote earlier this month.
The President has assigned Vice President Jejomar Binay to form a committee to study the matter, according to the former’s spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. The New York Times quoted Aquino as saying, "As they say, whatever decision I make, they would readily conclude that I am biased."
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