The Villain buried in the Cemetery of Heroes

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How many were shocked after hearing the Supreme Court decision of allowing the former president Marcos to be buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani?

And how many were happy, if not, satisfied or concurred to the Supreme Court ruling?

Legally, Marcos deserved to be buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani. Following the reason of the higher court allowing the Dictator to be buried to the said Cemetery. To state such, Marcos’ remains, under regulations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, can be interred at LNMB because he was a former president, commander-in-chief, soldier, medal of valor awardee, and legislator.Marcos cannot be disqualified from burial at LNMB because he was not convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude. The supreme court justices just followed what law has to say. What do you expect from a man-made law? It has a flaw just like its creator.

But it’s 9 against 5, 9 associate justices concurred while 5 associate justices dissented. It wasn’t unanimous decision. So we should also consider what the opposition has to say. To state some of their main reason, they believe, President Rodrigo Duterte acted with grave abuse of discretion by allowing the burial because it violates domestic and international law “to do justice for human rights victims” – both monetarily and non-monetarily. And Marcos’ internet would be the “antithesis of symbolic reparation”.

Furthermore the issue heightened because the Filipino people where not yet in the level of understanding the ruling of the court when the Marcos family secretly buried the former president (insert date of burial). Nevertheless the people never lose its power to speak for truth, to correct what’s wrong, to protect justice. Several groups protested to revoke the decision even before the start of the martial law star burried in the LNMB. Followed and still following by protests of the activist group and youth across the country after he was buried already.

What’s fascinating here is the millennials. Most of the protesters are youth with stand and conviction that Marcos should not be buried at the LNMB. That Marcos is not a hero! What’s common now and the Martial law period is youth has stand with what’s right.

Everything evolves. Communication evolves, from letter to video call. So as the ranting and standing for the right and just. Facebook dominated by opinions through posting every ones side. They have argued and debated. Some are healthy mostly are not. For the side who said, we should move on and it’s not a big deal if Marcos buried in LNMB; and even arguing that why millennials stand with the opposition of not burying the Marcos remains in the LNMB? Did they experience Martial law? Did they live on that era? Those argument is a total exhibit of apathy. Isn’t passivity to insult the victims of the dark era of the Philippine history, the Martial law, to tell them to move on without proper compensation, without justice? Youth are the hope of the nation. How can it be the hope that the nation need if they don’t know their past and history.

For the side who said, Marcos is not a hero. He will never be, at least that will last long to your consciousness and mind. A villain can never be a hero. It’s not enough solace to comfort yourselves through thinking that it’s not the soil who will determine who is a hero. But at least you have consolation when there’s no thing to turn to.

What’s the root of us being polarized with the issue like this? The failure of the promise of Democracy, I believe, is one of the primary reason why we are so divided. The promises of social justice,development and equality have not been attained since we ousted the Dictator and emerged Democracy. And since the Marcos era has indeed make the Philippines progress, on the other hand, that lives on the minds of the people and not the chaos he caused.

Because what’s more comforting, remembering the good of the past or its demon?

About Abby Edris

I will dream until it scares me. I'm fan of Poetry and Literature and Humanitarian work. I feel like my self-fulfillment is to help the children who are in the line of poverty and less education.
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