Miriam Santiago wants referendum on hero's burial for Marcos

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said on Sunday, April 24, that when elected, she would call a referendum to answer the age-old question: should the late President Ferdinand Marcos be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery)?

Santiago is the standard-bearer of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of the late strongman. What she said was a little different from her statement last year that she was not against the burial of Marcos’ remains at the Libingan.

Other candidates “close” to Marcos Jr was also asked of their position on giving Marcos a heroes' burial.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, a friend of Senator Marcos, went straight to the point and said he would allow it.

“Yes, definitely, yes, because it has divided the country until now. Almost all Ilocanos are mad why it has not happened yet,” he said in a mix of English and Filipino.

On the other hand, Senator Grace Poe said that she would follow Republic Act 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013. 

“’Yung batas ay nagsasabing hindi p'wede. RA 10368 na nagsasabi na kilalanin ang mga nagsakripisyo nung panahon niya,” she said referring to victims of human rights violations during the martial rule.  

(The law states that it is not allowed. RA 10368 says that we should honor those who sacrificed during his time.)

Poe is the adopted daughter of celebrity power couple Fernando Poe Jr and Susan Roces. The late President Marcos and wife former First Lady Imelda Marcos were their principal sponsors during their wedding.

Roxas ok with Marcos as VP

Meanwhile, Aquino ally and Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II was asked if he would give Marcos Jr a Cabinet position should the latter get elected as vice president.

Roxas said, yes, noting that only if the senator wins. “Naniniwala ako na ang mananalo si Leni Robredo,” he said, referring to his running mate. (I believe that Leni Robredo will win.)

Marcos is the leading candidate for vice president, based on pre-election surveys. Robredo is close second, tied with Senator Francis Escudero. – Rappler.com

Patty Pasion

Patty leads the Rappler+ membership program. She used to be a Rappler multimedia reporter who covered politics, labor, and development issues of vulnerable sectors.

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