MANILA, Nov. 21, 2016 – Yes, the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos deserves forgiveness, as several camps say, but he does not merit the respect reserved for heroes.
This is what Sr. Agnes Etong, (SDS) said in a post on Facebook, saying forgiveness requires justice, otherwise the act of forgiving would be unfair.
“Forgiveness is never the same as being blind to the crimes and injustices that were done,” explained the sister. “We can forgive without being so unjust.”
According to another Sister of the Divine Savior, Sr. Adel Abamo, SDS, the late strongman should indeed be forgiven of his crimes to the Filipino people, but he did not deserve burial in the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani (LNMB).
“This is what the people are protesting [against],” she noted.
An objective and non-partisan would easily understand why people could not accept Marcos’ interment at the LNMB, said Abamo.
The advocate for women and children’s rights urged the people to express their position when the common good is in question and to learn from lessons.
“Speak out if the welfare of the people and the country is at stake,” she said. “Let’s always learn from the past.”
But another sister from another congregation who refused to be identified said she was somehow content with the Supreme Court’s declaration that Marcos’ burial in LNMB is legal.
Marcos stayed in power for 21 years until he was overthrown by a popular and peaceful people’s revolution at EDSA in February 1986.
According to the Amnesty International, 3,240 were killed during martial rule, 34,000 tortured, and 70,000 imprisoned. (Oliver Samson / CBCPNews)