Senator Bongbong Marcos thanks lawmakers for allowing his father a hero’s burial

Senator Bongbong Marcos thanks lawmakers for allowing his father a hero’s burial

Manila : Philippines | Mar 27, 2011 at 12:23 AM PDT
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MANILA, Philippines - With a total of 218 lawmakers, who signed a proposed resolution to allow the burial of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani, clearly signifies a greathearted act of reconciliation that President Aquino should consider. It s an acknowledgment of the way the late former president Marcos led a patriotic life for the Filipinos.

Ferdinand Marcos ruled the country from 1965 until 1986 when he was ousted by People Power revolution which hurled Cory Aquino, President Noynoy Aquino’s mother to the presidency.

Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., President Aquino’s father was an opposition senator and an unswerving critic of Marcos. He was assassinated in August 21, 1983, a crime blamed on the Marcos regime.

Former President Ferdinand Marcos died in exile in Hawaii in 1989. Four years after his death, his remains were brought home in 1993 and preserved in an air-conditioned mausoleum in his hometown.

When even the remains of widows of former presidents are authorized to be interred in the same plot where their husbands were buried, why not allow the remains of a former president to be buried also at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani?

It's for the Filipino people to decide, and the representatives of the whole nation has decided. The decision should not be left alone to the sole discretion of one person in power.

For me, President Marcos was the best President the Filipinos ever had. He’s the real pro-poor leader, the true leader of the masses, after him, the Philippines has become one of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the world. During his time, the Philippines was next to Japan in terms of economic and political stability.

Maybe it will take another century for the Philippines to have another Marcos that could save the nation from decay.

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Senator Marcos thanks lawmakers for allowing his father a hero’s burial
Former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos looking at the remains of former "Strongman of Asia", President Ferdinand Marcos in his casket inside an air-conditioned mausoleum in Batac, Ilocos Norte, awaiting for his interment at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani
marivicmalinao is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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