Church group blames Duterte for ‘sneaky’ Marcos burial

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MANILA, Nov. 19, 2016— An internationally recognized Church-based human rights group is blaming President Rodrigo Duterte for the “sneaky” hero’s burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) said the state burial for Marcos is an insult to the victims of martial law.

“We hold the Duterte administration responsible for this latest insult to the victims of martial law,” said TFDP executive director Emmanuel Amistad.

For the group, established by the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines at the height of the dictatorship, the burial is an affront to the struggle of the people who fought against martial law.

“The Marcoses and their ilk want to revise history in their bid to regain Malacañang. Their plundered wealth is being used to coopt or buy out those who will stand in their way,” he said.

“In life, Ferdinand Marcos was a thief. Even in death, he remained a thief – robbing our people of all decency, defying our courts and the rule of law.”

“There will be no rest. There will be no closure. There will be no moving on until justice is done,” Amistad added.

Fr. Edwin Gariguez of the CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice, and Peace, called on the public to join protests against Duterte’s approval of the Marcos burial.

“Let us join together and protest the dastardly act of deceptive burial,” he said. (CBCPNews) 

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