MANILA, Dec. 5, 2016 – The protests in Manila and across the country against Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNB) are not fueled by the Marcos – Aquino alone rivalry, said Br. Angel Ace Cortez, Inter-Congregational Theological Center student body president.
Some of the same protesters who marched to EDSA on Nov. 30 also took to the streets to hold the Aquinos accountable for the Mendiola Massacre in 1987, the Hacienda Luisita Massacre in 2004, the Lumad killings in 2015, and the violent dispersal of Kidapawan farmers in April 2016, he noted.
“Just because the cry is ‘Marcos is not a hero’, it’s not automatically the yellow [camp],” clarified Cortez.
Honored as former soldier?
According to the religious brother, the people who rallied to protest Marcos’ interment at LNB were farmers, workers, professionals, religious people, leaders, students, and youth.
Jose Mario De Vega, a professor at the Unibersidad De Manila and staunch supporter of Duterte, was one of the protesters.
In an open letter to Duterte in Filipino, he said “With all due respect, Beloved President, but it is not enough or reasonable for you to allow the burial of this person (Marco) at the LNB – not because he was a hero but because he was a former soldier.”
De Vega, who is a confessed Marxist and outspoken critic of the Aquinos, joined the demonstration in EDSA on Nov. 30 together with some of his students.
Billions in ill-gotten wealth
In a post by The Philippine Star on Feb. 25, 2016, the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) was reported to have recovered Php170 billion worth of ill-gotten wealth from Marcos and his cronies from 1986 to 2015.
The Inquirer.Net, in a post on June 28, 2012, also reported that the US federal court in Hawaii ruled in favor of the human rights victims, who were awarded US$1.9 billion as payment for exemplary damages.
According to the Amnesty International, 3,240 were killed during martial rule, 34,000 tortured, and 70,000 imprisoned. (Oliver Samson / CBCPNews)