Planned rally to condemn Marcos burial at LNMB gets CBCP’s blessing

  • A rally to condemn late president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Sr.’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani is set
  • The rally which will take place on Wednesday, November 30, got Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ support
  • CBCP said public should honor the memory of people who suffered during Martial Law

The planned Wednesday rally, which intends to condemn the buryingof the late president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, got the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP’s) blessing.

In an article posted on ABS-CBN News, it was disclosed that CBCP President Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said the public should honor the memory of the thousands of Filipinos who suffered during Martial Law.

“Maraming nawala, namatay, nasugatan at napinsala dahil sa martial law. Ang karangalan ng kanilang pagpapakasakit ay dapat na alalahanin [Many disappeared, died, wounded, and damaged because of Martial Law. Their sacrifices must be honored],” Villegas said.

“Kung sa inyong paninindigan, ang makisali sa mga rally ay kinakailangan at sa tingin ninyo ay bahagi ng ating tungkuling Kristiyano, kayo ay malugod kong hinihimok na dumalo dala ang aking basbas,” he added.

[If you believe that joining the rally is needed and you think that participating in such is part of our duty as Christians, then I am encouraging you to join as my blessing is with you.]

Villegas, however, noted that priests who protest should be guided not by revenge, but by love for country — and with such, the protest is considered as “a form of worshiping God.

The November 30 rally is the second mass demonstration protesting the burial of Marcos. Last November 25, Friday, thousands of Filipinos did s similar protest.

Marcos’ burial

On November 8, the decision on the burial of Marcos was released by the SC.

“President Duterte acted within the bounds of law and jurisprudence. Notwithstanding the call of human rights advocates, the Court must uphold what is legal and just,” stated the majority decision written by Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta.

Those who concurred with Peralta’s ruling were Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco, Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Arturo Brion, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Jose Perez, Jose Mendoza and Estela Perlas-Bernabe.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Francis Jardeleza, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa dissented, while Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes inhibited himself.

On November 18, the remains of the late strongman was laid to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.