Citizens assembly: Groups come together against FM’s burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani

  • Various groups convene to oppose the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
  • The group is composed of progressive movements, Matial Law victims and some politicians against the honored interment
  • They are set to hold a ‘citizens assembly’ on Sunday morning in Luneta

Various groups opposing the set burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos will be holding a protest on Sunday, August 14, to call on President Rodrigo Duterte to reverse his decision.

The “Citizen’s Assembly” organized by the Coalition Against Marcos Burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (CAMB-LNMB) encourages interested parties to join their peaceful protest at 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon on Sunday at the Lapu-lapu monument in Luneta.

“We are appealing to the President to put a permanent stop to the proposed burial of Ferdinand E. Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” the coalition said in a statement released Tuesday.

The group suggests a final burial of the late dictator “his hometown in Ilocos, where he is still honored, is a win-win solution.” They pressed that this will bring closure to the nation that needs attention on more important problems.

“More importantly, this will be in accord with the Marcoses’ agreement with former President Fidel Ramos as a condition for the return of his body to the Philippines,” the group also said.

Martial Law victims and politicians, who themselves were either victims or activists during the country’s dark era urged the President to withdraw his decision that favors the Marcos family.

Representing Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation, Susan Quimpo said: “Buti pa nga si Marcos may bangkay, marami ho tulad namin, wala kaming bangkay and we cannot even mourn their death.” (It’s good for Marcos, he has remains. Many of us, we don’t have the body of our loved ones)

“All we have is the wall of remembrance at the Bantayog. We don’t have graves and we don’t even know where their bodies are. Now you are telling us that Marcos will be buried at the Heroes’ Cemetery?” she added. Quimpo is the sister of the missing Martial Law activist Jun Quimpo.

Activist and lead convener of the Colaition Agains the Return of the Marcoses in Malacañang (Carmma) Boni Ilagan pressed that the late President does not deserve the soldier’s burial because he was ousted as the commander-in-chief of the military during the EDSA People Power Revolution.

Meanwhile, Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, who authored the Martial Law Victims Reparation Act, presented 12 cardinal sins that make Marcos “unfit” for the hero’s burial. These include the human rights violations and plundering of government money, among others.