MANILA, Philippines – People didn’t see it coming.
While the Supreme Court had cleared all legal obstacles to former president Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) on November 8, most Filipinos did not expect the actual burial to happen a scant 10 days later.
The funeral rites, requested by the Marcos family to be “simple and private”, were not announced to the public prior, and thus caught many by surprise when confirmation of the burial started to trickle in. Soon, social media was rife with reactions to the day’s unexpected event.
Many expressed anger and indignation:
The hashtag #MarcosNOTaHero was also the top Twitter trend in the Philippines:
Others, in the meantime, posted that they were in favor of the burial:
Yet others, meanwhile, resorted more to humor instead of outright commentary:
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MARCOS BURIAL— Alec (@alecadriano) November 18, 2016
Ang pagmamahalan nating dalawa ay parang #MarcosBurial— Orlando Ibarra (@OjieIbarra) November 18, 2016
Ang daming hadlang, subalit wala ng makapipigil pa!
Magaling ang events group ng Marcos burial. #MarcosNOTaHero— Karl Michael (@karlvirginboi) November 18, 2016
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