By Gel Santos Relos
Do you agree with President Aquino's decision? Sen. Bongbong Marcos did not mince words to express his disappointment. Read the comments of our kababayans who weighed in on the issue.
"Mahirap kasi ang kausap mo walang isang salita. Pabago-bago ang sinasabi. Nagtataka ako bakit pa tayo pinag-aksaya ng panahon kung di naman talaga susundin yung mga rekomendasyon, mga study, yung mga salita ng iba, pati resolution ng House of Representatives. Lahat naman yun eh mukhang walang kabuluhan sa ating pangulo," was the reaction of Senator Bongbong Marcos, and son of former President Ferdinand Macos, to the decision of President Noynoy Aquino. His said that while he is President, he will not allow a hero's burial for the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.
Speaking before the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), Aquino said it would be the "height of injustice" to give any honors to the person who inflicted suffering on the Filipino people during the martial law years.
The President pointed out those victims "have not been accorded an apology.” Moreover, the bill on their compensation has yet to be passed.
Aquino apologized to Vice-President Jejomar Binay, who was tasked to conduct a study on his behalf about the issue of Marcos' burial and come up with a recommendation saying he, Aquino, would be biased on the issue.
Binay recommended that Marcos be given full military honors, but his body would have to be buried in his home province of Ilocos Norte and not at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
The vice president responded through a statement, saying, "It is the prerogative of the President and we must all accept, respect and support his decision."
Sen. Bongbong Marcos said, “He has wasted a good opportunity to unify a nation," adding, "He obviously does not want to heal the divisions. He wants to widen the divisions."
Here are the passionate reactions of our kababayans on this long standing issue:
Why not give in to the Marcoses' wish? Para maka-move on na. This country has got more important issues needing attention. Come on. The man deserves a burial, state or what. After all, he was once RP's President. I once heard President Cory say, "Reconciliation without justice is no reconciliation." She must have meant vengeance. Now it’s handed down to her son. Unless we put this issue to a stop, the past will have a hold on us. Hence, we can not move on as a nation. What an irony, the only Christian nation in Asia, is the most unforgiving too??? -- J.S.Sangayon ako sa desisyon ni PNoy na di bigyan ng State Burial ang dating pangulo, at 'No' to Libingan ng mga Bayani. Please, baket kasi Marcoses are pushing it until now? Ilibing na lang kasi sa Ilocos. No apology to Filipinos, No State Burial too!-- Nora MacayanActually, ang dapat sumagot nyan e yung mga nakaranas sa martial law. Ang mga pinanganak ng 80s to the present di maka-relate mabuti -Marzan OanesIf we aren't a forgiving nation, they shouldn't be holding any position in the government today. -- NR 110575FM's son is now seated in the senate. Who knows in 10 years time, and with another generation of eligible voters that comes, they'll be given another chance to lead the country--as President. That’s the time, his father will be buried. -- Martin SampagaIf PNoy wanted vengeance, he'd have had Bongbong in jail and solitary confinement. I think Bongbong should spend the amount of time that Ninoy Aquino and all the other political detainees did in jail. Then he'll know why many are still against a state funeral for his father. -- Gene GuarinMajority of our people believe that FM deserves to be buried at libingan with honors is more than enough -- Joel del PradoMarcos should be given a state burial. Aquinos should be thankful because if not for the Marcoses, they won't be heroes and they won’t be at power. -- Atty. Eric SubiaThey may have put the Aquinos to power, but let's not forget, it was the Marcoses who ordered Ninoy's assassination -- Alex FloresBurial in Ilocos is enough. Not sure about honors. But, FM topped his bar exam in jail.-- Thorns ArqueroIt's disappointing to see the administration taking this immaturely. He died and he needs to be buried. It’s as simple as that. Hindi naman lahat ng bayani ay perpekto diba? Naisip ko lang, si Aguinaldo. Bayaning naituring diba?-- Michael Angelo AbeloFM Burial issue would not have become an issue had they buried him 22 years ago.-- AndreJohn CruzHe's been displayed for all to see for the past 20+ years. Now it's time for all those who suffered under his regime to get some rest too. -- Michi V. saltaSa mga Filipino, ano ba ang pamantayan ng pagiging tunay na 'Bayani' ? Dahil naging dating Presidente?-- Maria PeridoMaituturing ba nating bayani ang isang taong nagpahirap,nagpakulong at pumatay ng mga inosenteng tao? -- 3DonWe should honor the people who died fighting for our democracy, not the man who deprived us of our democracy!! -Macoy NicdaoThere's nothing immature about the human rights violations that happened during the Marcos administration. Bury him in his own land. If the Marcoses are serious about reconciliation they should start apologizing for what they did to the thousands they violated. -- Che RemolloAs a Marial Law victim (family), one word from the Marcos that they are sorry will be fine. But at the moment, we're hurting-- Pat DemaclidOk lang sanang mag forgive kaso yung mga Marcoses humingi ba sila ng tawad sa mga pinatay nila? Did they return what they stole from our poor people? I think not until they acknowledge, repent and return the ill-gotten wealth, I guess there will be no true reconciliation and closure to this. -- Jeff ManalangMarcoses should give our money back. Then they'll have their state burial.. -- IcebladeNo admitting, no apologies, no making amends, no returning of loot = no burial. Ano tayo, gago? - Jim ParedesI totally agree with Pnoy on this one. Youth of today should be reeducated on historical background leading to EDSA PeoplePower. -- Aileen NyulasziA state burial for Ferdinand Marcos is like saying that the 1986 People Power Revolution was wrong.-- Pinoy Sentiment