MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo strongly condemned the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday, November 18, maintaining that "he is no hero."
The burial caught the country by surprise, as it was only announced by Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa roughly an hour before it took place.
"Like a thief in the night, the Marcos family deliberately hid the information of burying former president Marcos today from the Filipino people. They obviously flouted the law where the decision does not become final and executory until 15 days or the resolution of the MR," said Robredo in a statement on Friday.
"As stated in several decisions from the Supreme Court, Ferdinand Marcos was a thief, a murderer, and a dictator. He is no hero. If he were, obviously his family would not have to hide his burial like a shameful criminal deed," the Vice President also said.
Robredo added that she was "disturbed" that the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the PNP were involved in the preparations for Marcos' burial.
"We are disturbed that this happened in coordination with AFP and PNP, demonstrating further that the judicial process has been thoroughly disregarded," said the Vice President.
Robredo also slammed the Marcos family, pointing out that the Martial Law era under the regime of the late dictator was marred by human rights abuses and corruption.
"This is nothing new to the Marcoses – they who had hidden wealth, hidden human rights abuses, and now, a hidden burial – with complete disrespect for the rule of law," said Robredo. (READ: Marcos family arranged for a private burial)
According to Amnesty International, about 70,000 people were imprisoned, 34,000 were tortured, and 3,240 were killed during Martial Law from 1972 to 1981.