- Former Senate president suggested changing Libingan’s name amid Marcos burial uproar
- He said Marcos is no hero because he misused his powers as a president
- Pimentel’s son Koko and Duterte’s other allies in Congress also opposed to the plan
MANILA, Philippines – Amid the brouhaha over the impending transfer of Ferdinand Marcos’s remains to the Libingan ng mga Bayani, former Senate president and now PDP Laban chair emeritus Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. suggested changing the burial ground’s name to “Libingan ng mga Bayani At Iba Pa” to accommodate the late strongman.
Pimentel, a martial law survivor himself, said the “At Iba Pa” should pertain to Marcos alone as a reminder of the “cruelty of his martial law government”. He added Marcos cannot be considered a hero because he abused his powers as a dictator.
“He is no hero. He has misused his power when he put the country under martial rule and has caused the disappearance of so many people, the deaths of so many people opposing the martial law regime and the torture of innumerable detainees,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Pimentel also maintained his position that Marcos should instead be buried in Ilocos Norte; the bastion of his family.
“As Rizal said, ‘El sitio nada importa.’ It is what one does in life that matters; not where he or she is buried,” he said.
An anti-Marcos political party, PDP Laban has for its member current President Rodrigo Duterte.
Pimentel’s son, current Senate President Koko Pimentel, Duterte’s running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and some of the president’s allies in Congress are opposed to his decision for Marcos to be buried at the LNMB.
Opponents of the plan have vowed to file an injunction before the Supreme Court.