- The camp of former VP Binay is blaming Aquino for the raging controversy over Marcos burial
- Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado released a statement saying Aquino did not act on their 2011 recommendation for Marcos to be buried in Ilocos Norte
- Salgado said the debate could have been avoided if not for Aquino’s inaction
MANILA, Philippines – The camp of former Vice President Jejomar Binay has blamed ex-President Aquino for the raging controversy over the hero’s burial of the late strongman at the Libingan ng mga Bayani that has sparked debate among the people.
In a statement released on Tuesday, August 16, Binay spokesperson Joey Salgado said the debate could have been avoided if only Aquino had acted on their recommendation to bury Marcos in Ilocos Norte.
“The Aquino administration missed an opportunity to lay the Marcos burial issue to rest when it did not act on former VP Binay’s recommendation made as early as 2011 to allow the burial of Marcos in Batac, Ilocos Norte,” the statement read.
Salgado recalled that Aquino tasked his former VP to study the issue of allowing Marcos’ remains to be laid at the Libingan.
After supposedly soliciting comments from various groups, as well as conducting consultation meetings with the Marcos family, the Office of the Vice President (OVP) then recommended that Marcos be buried instead in Batac, Ilocos Norte.
“In June 2011, Vp Binay submitted to Aquino his recommendation to allow the burial of Marcos in Batac, Ilocos Norte. The former Vp noted that the burial of Marcos in Batac had the approval of the Marcos family,” added Salgado.
However, Binay’s spokesman added, Aquino failed to act on the recommendation, and now the country is faced with another crisis that should have been resolved five years ago.
“That’s why the nation is once again torn by debates over a contentious issue that could have been buried a long time ago,” said Salgado.
During the campaign period, Binay was one of only two presidential candidates – the other, being Duterte – who favored giving Marcos a hero’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Binay, who fought Marcos’ dictatorial regime on the streets, said Marcos deserves such honor solely on the account that he is a former president of the republic.