Framers of the 1987 Constitution condemn Marcos's Libingan ng mga Bayani burial
They're inspired by the "antithesis of everything that was Marcos."
(SPOT.ph) When the Philippines was finally freed from "a tyrant whose greed was boundless and whose cruelty was criminal to countless victims" after the People Power Revolution in 1986, a Constitutional Commission drafted a brand new set of policies for the country. So it was a like a slap on the face to the framers of the 1987 Constitution when late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. was put to rest—in secret—at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on November 18.
"The overthrow of the Marcos dictatorship is the backdrop to the drafting of the 1987 Constitution," their statement started. It was released on November 24 and signed by Felicitas Aquino-Arroyo, widow of Sen. Joker Arroyo, retired Supreme Court Justice Adolf Azcuna, Florangel Rosario Braid, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr., former Commission on Elections Chairman Christian Monsod, Edmundo Garcia, Ricardo Romulo, Commission on Human Rights Chair Jose Luis Martin Gascon, economist Bernardo Villegas, and Jaime Tadeo.
"The heart of the Constitution underscores in no uncertain terms: the primacy of human rights, the promotion of social justice in all phases of national development, strict adherence to the rule of law and never again to any form of authoritarianism...It envisions a different future from the Marcosian nightmare of greed, intolerance, brutality and disrespect for democratic institutions. And we are inspired by the outpouring of protest by the youth who give life to our hope for generations of heroes who are the antithesis of everything that was Marcos." they explained.
The Constitutional Commission of the 1987 Constitution was led by former Supreme Court Associate Justice Cecilia Muñoz-Palma who died in 2006. The final draft was completed on October 12, 1986 and ratified on February 2, 1987.