MANILA, Nov. 18, 2016– A Catholic bishop decried as ‘dishonorable’ the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in a rite shrouded in secrecy on Friday.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the hero’s burial is a cause for disgrace because they hid it from the people in an apparent move to escape protests.
“This burial is dishonorable because they hide it from the people for fear of the people. It is characteristic of the Marcos rule–secretive,” said Pabillo, who chairs the CBCP’s Commission on the Laity.
Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the bishops’ Committee on Public Affairs, said the hero’s burial for the late dictator will not bury the atrocities committed under his regime.
“He will forever be a dictator, plunderer and human rights violator,” Secillano said.
“With his burial, the Marcoses have desecrated the meaning of honor, nobility and heroism that are otherwise associated with the hallowed ground,” he added.
The remains of Marcos, which was flown secretly flown Laoag, Ilocos Norte, arrived at the heroe’s cemetery around noon time and was given military honors before internment.
The ceremony followed a decision of the Supreme Court to allowed the burial of Marcos, who was ousted in a 1986 “people power” revolt, at the Heroes’ Cemetery.
Marcos died in exile in the US. His remains have been kept in a refrigerated glass-paneled crypt displayed in his home city in Batac, Ilocos Norte.
To fulfill his campaign promise, President Rodrigo Duterte earlier gave the go-signal for Marcos to be laid to rest at the heroes’ cemetery.
Protests have immediately erupted in various parts of Metro Manila to condemn the hero’s burial.
Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak of the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines said he is hoping that the situation and protests will not turn sour.
“I just pray that this can be resolve peacefully. I hope it will be resolve if the dialogue is on,” he said over Radio Veritas.
Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona also expressed outrage over Marcos’ burial at the LNMB.
“It’s a total disregard on all the sufferings and pains he had cause on the Filipino People during the Martial Law times,” he said. (CBCPNews)