I have received news that plans to bury dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani this September is well under way. This initiative is an erosion of the hard-fought justice that generations of Filipino men and women, and great senators such as Lorenzo Tañada, Jovito Salonga, Jose W. Diokno, and Benigno Aquino Jr. have fought for. For Marcos to be buried with full state honors and be given a hero’s honor is a sham, an upside down detestable move, treading over hundreds of corpses whose justice is yet to be realized.
No legitimate and credible historian would ever say yes to this travesty, because of the sheer number of undisputed empirical evidence from the world over.
Marcos is no hero.
The Bawat Bato Movement is just one of the many grassroots groups, including the Duyan ng Magiting Coalition that campaign against the Marcos burial in the said cemetery. Let us join this call in the gathering storm, let’s make our voices heard. May the President heed this timeless spiritual principle, to borrow from the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
There can be no forgiveness without repentance, no communion without confession, and no moving on without admitting and correcting the wrong.
Justice must be served, not taken back and withheld. Injustice must not be inflicted anew to the victims who have yet to heal.
Let us not allow this to happen on our watch, if only for the sake of our children, who will look up to this generation to see who we crown as heroes.
“To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”
― Elie Wiesel, Night
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