Why Duterte gov't believes Marcos is a war hero

MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has submitted to the Supreme Court (SC) documents that would attempt to prove the late President Ferdinand Marcos was a war hero. 

The OSG is defending the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to allow the burial of the dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery) – a policy that 6 petitions seek to reverse through the High Court. 

The SC held the first day of oral arguments on these petitions on Wednesday, August 31, and is set to hear the side of the government and the Marcos heirs next week.

The 54 pages of attachments to the OSG’s Consolidated Comment include 11 documents that supposedly show that past administrations have recognized Marcos as a soldier, a war hero, and a recipient of the Medal of Valor.

The OSG’s 90-page pleading says Marcos was called to active duty as a Third Lieutenant under the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) on November 15, 1941. He left the service as a colonel in 1963. 

Marcos was given the Medal of Valor for his “prevention of the possible decimation of withdrawing USAFFE troops in a ‘suicidal action against overwhelming enemy forces,’ thus helping delay the inevitable fall of Bataan,” the pleading said.

The annexes to support the pleading include: 

The petitions with the High Court have named AFP chief of staff Ricardo Visaya, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and the heirs of Ferdinand Marcos (as represented by Imelda) as respondents. – Rappler.com 

Libingan ng mga Bayani photo from Wikipedia.
Marcos photo from Flickr.
Check photo by Rappler.