- NHCP chair resigned to protest late strongman’s burial at LNMB
- She said act a denial of history and a mockery of those who struggled against dictatorship
- She also scored Duterte, said he could have taken the higher ground but didn’t
MANILA, Philippines –National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) chairperson Maria Serena Diokno has resigned in protest over the burial of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayan; saying the act was a denial of history and a mockery of those who resisted his rule.
“The burial of Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani is wrong; it denies our history, erases the memory of lives lost and destroyed, mocks the collective action we took to oust the dictator, and denigrates the value of our struggle for freedom,” the Philippine Star quoted her as saying.
Diokno also scored President Rodrigo Duterte; saying he could have taken the higher ground over the “narrow view” of the nine Supreme Court justices who favored the burial but didn’t.
“Notwithstanding the narrow view adopted by nine members of the Supreme Court, President Duterte could have taken the higher ground. But he chose not to,” she said. “Worse, he justifies his ‘legalistic’ action by claiming, falsely, ‘that there’s no study, no movie, about it [Marcos’s record as leader], just the challenges and allegations of the other side’.”
Diokno said Duterte’s decision has placed her in an impossible position.
“For a moment, I thought I could remain at the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and protect our history from those in and out of the government who attempt to deface it,” she said.
Diokno is the daughter of the late senator Jose Diokno who was one of the political prisoners during the martial law era.