MANILA - Senator Francis Escudero believes the late former President Ferdinand Marcos should finally be given a hero’s burial despite his record of corruption and human rights abuses, saying it is needed for the country to move on.
Escudero told reporters on Monday that Marcos deserves a hero’s burial despite his actions during the martial law years.
“Anuman ang reklamo ng sinuman, anuman ang akusayson laban sa kanya, hindi maikakaila na dati siyang head of state, dati siyang nanilbihan bilang sundalo. And if only because of that, dapat ibigay sa kanya ang nararapat na libing (Whatever anyone’s complaint is, whatever the accusation against him is, it cannot be denied that he was a former head of state and soldier. And if only because of that, he should be given the appropriate burial),” he said.
Escudero’s father, the late former Sorsorgon Rep. Salvador Escudero III, filed a resolution in 2011 urging President Aquino to allow Marcos’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Nearly 200 lawmakers signed the resolution, but for President Aquino, giving Marcos a hero’s burial is out of the question.
Proposals for a hero’s burial for the late dictator has always been met with opposition, especially from those who suffered under martial law.
But Escudero said, “Nagkaroon man ng martial law, nagkaroon man ng human rights violations… hindi pa rin maikakaila, naging pangulo siya (There may have been martial law and human rights violations, but it’s still undeniable that he became president).”
Escudero pointed out that Marcos’s burial is one of the country’s issues that need to be resolved.
He hopes President Aquino, whose family is a rival of the Marcoses, would eventually allow a hero’s burial for Marcos.
“Siguro sa tama o angkop na panahon, mangyayari ‘yon para naman matuldukan natin ang isa sa mga nananatiling hindi nareresolbang isyu (Maybe it would happen at the right time so that we can close this remaining unresolved issue),” he said. "Siguro makakadagdag ito para make-move on na tayo at ang ating bansa (Maybe this can help us and our country move on)."