Photo from Isa Avendaño-Umali, Radyo Inquirer (via Twitter)
(SPOT.ph) Despite the threat of bad weather, the Coalition Against the Marcos Burial in Libingan ng mga Bayani pushed through with the non-partisan citizens' assembly in front of the Lapu-Lapu Monument at Rizal Park in Manila. Participants started arriving at 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 14.
As its name declares, the coalition opposes the interment of former President Ferdinand Marcos' remains at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB). An ABS-CBN News report recalls that after a nod from President Rodrigo Duterte, a memorandum dated August 7 was issued by the Department of National Defense instructing the Armed Forces of the Philippines to plan and prepare Marcos's interment at the heroes' cemetery on September 18.
The coalition urges the government to insist that the Marcoses adhere to their agreement with former President Fidel V. Ramos. Back then, as detailed in a Philippine Daily Inquirer report, the Marcos family asked Ramos’ permission to bring home the remains of their patriarch who died in exile in Hawaii in 1989. One of the conditions set by Ramos—who also happened to be Marcos' second cousin—was that the remains of the ousted dictator would be buried in Ilocos Norte province. Marcos' remains were flown back to the Philippines in 1993.
Decades later, Marcos' remains are still in the eye of a political storm.
Participants of the citizen's assembly posted tweets using the hashtags "MarcosNotaHero" and "MarcosFakeHero." They also shared Instagram photos as the event progressed.
We're at the assembly in Luneta to take portraits, share your story. Come hell or high water. pic.twitter.com/jtqd9q4Hvb— Esquire Philippines (@EsquirePH) August 13, 2016
Ang lakas ng loob never! never! #MarcosFakeHero— Bae Li (@baelingual0101) August 14, 2016