People are so inconsistent. They are angry because Duterte is allegedly resorting to illegal methods in his war against drugs.
And yet, they are also angry because Duterte is following the law in allowing the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
I’m not a Duterte fan and I am even less of a Marcos fan but, shit, the inconsistency of people makes it a damn-if-you-do-damn-if-you-don’t situation. In effect, they’re saying that Duterte should do as they say and never mind if their position is legal or illegal. And that just shows the depth of their sense of entitlement.
Who are these people? Ordinary citizens. And government officials too.
Republic Act 289
That’s the law that gave birth to what is now known as Libingan ng mga Bayani. It was passed in 1948.
Click here for the source.
During the term of Cory Aquino, ten categories of deceased persons entitled to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani were specified.
Click here for the source.
Since Marcos is not disqualified (he was never convicted), then he is qualified to be buried there. In fact, past presidents, including Cory Aquino, were the ones who violated the law when they disallowed Marcos’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
What about the argument espoused by Senators Leila de Lima and Francis Pangilinan?
Senators Leila De Lima and Francis Pangilinan both cited Republic Act 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, which allocates some P10 billion, sourced mainly from the Marcoses’ deposits in Swiss banks, to about 10,000 human rights victims.
If the state passed such a law, then it only goes to show that the government acknowledged the atrocities of the past, said the two senators.
My goodness, these two senators are both lawyers and they should know better — reparations awarded in a non-criminal case is not the same as conviction in a criminal case.
Sad but true. And the way the law stands, even Imelda Marcos will someday be entitled to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Does finally allowing Marcos to the buried there make him a hero? Not at all.
If only “heroes” were meant to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, why would “Government Dignitaries, Statesmen, National Artists, … Former Presidents, Secretaries of National Defense” and — get this — “widows of former Presidents, Secretaries of National Defense and Chiefs of Staff” be included at all?
In other words, while the National Pantheon intended by Republic Act 289 was to honor war heroes, over time, what evolved was a resting ground for so-called VIPs because of AFP Regulations G 161-373. Nothing more and nothing less.
The obvious question is: Will all these people crying foul over Duterte’s decision to allow the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani be objecting if the cemetery had another name? Let’s say that instead of Libingan ng mga Bayani, it’s called Libingan ng mga Feeling Important in History?
Negligent legislators who did not seek the repeal or amendment of Republic Act 289
Among the government officials who are against the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani are Senators De Lima, Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros and Alan Peter Cayetano, and Senate President Koko Pimentel, Senate Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon and Vice President Leni Robredo.
Before she was elected Vice President, Robredo served a full three-year term in the House of Representatives. Drilon and Cayetano have been in the Senate for several terms.
Considering that the debate over the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani has been raging for two decades, why has none of them authored / sponsored / co-authored a bill to amend or repeal Republic Act 289 to exclude past presidents who had been overthrown / impeached / accused of plunder… There are so many grounds that can be the basis to disqualify Marcos.
Yet, none of these legislators did anything when they were the ones in a position to do something. Why didn’t they do anything?
Why are they still NOT doing anything aside from courting media mileage by trying to sound pro-people with their anti-Marcos posturing?
UPDATE (August 13, 2016)
Read: Duterte: Marcos ‘not a hero’ but ‘law’ allows burial at Libingan (Rappler.com, August 12, 2016)
Kahit amoy na-rewrite blog post ko (sana, coincidence lang, pero pati flow — law > regulation > lawkamers’ failure?), sige na, ini-link ko pa rin.