Marcos not a hero, critics assert a year after hero’s burial

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Marcos not a hero, critics assert a year after hero’s burial

LeAnne Jazul

'Honors undeserved do not transform the undeserving,' says former solicitor general Florin Hilbay

MANILA, Philippines – A year after the late dictator was buried a hero, critics asserted that former president Ferdinand Marcos should not have been buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery).

On November 18, 2016, the late dictator was “stealthily” buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani after the Supreme Court cleared all legal obstacles to a hero’s burial for him. (READ: TIMELINE: The Marcos burial controversy)

This led to nationwide protests as activists rejected Marcos’ “elevation as a hero,” citing human rights atrocities and systemic plunder during his 21-year regime. (READ: Marcos years marked ‘golden age’ of the PH economy? Look at the data)

A year later, various groups and individuals continued to protest against the hero’s burial for Marcos.

Several groups reiterated their call to exhume Marcos’ body to prevent historical revisionism. 

Meanwhile, Marcos loyalists celebrated the first year anniversary of Marcos’ burial by paying tribute to the late strongman.

‘Just bury the dead’

While many groups and individuals called on the public to “never forget” the atrocities of the Marcos regime, supporters made a call to “move on.”

Some cited the infrastructure built during the Marcos years to prove his “heroic qualities.”

See the netizen’s sentiments on the issue below:


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