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PMPI Statement on Heroes Burial for Marcos – PHILIPPINE MISEREOR PARTNERSHIP INC

PMPI Statement on Heroes Burial for Marcos

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PMPI Commends Opposition vs Marcos Burial in the Senate no Matter How Few 

“LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI IS NO PLACE FOR A DICTATOR”

We call on Senators to make a critical and independent stand for justice

 

Marcos may be a hero in another universe. But not here. Not in the hearts of abused and plundered Filipino people. This despite the dismal upper house votes to declare Marcos as unfit for a Heroes’ burial.

Pres. Duterte’s decision to allow the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, according to him, is based on no emotion at all. Similarly, this may hold true to the Supreme Court’s decision and the Senate’s vote.  These individuals, regardless of their position in the government, may have become cold and unaffected in contrast with the victims who have suffered and endured the atrocities of Martial Rule. The Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc., a network of faith-based institutions and rights group, however, will always side with the victims with compassion. (See Ucan India News)

The history of the Philippines during Martial Law can not be changed as the victims of Martial Law lay witness to the atrocities inflicted by the Marcos regime. Millions of Filipinos, our network of 300 CSOs and POs included, are humans with emotions. And these millions of Filipinos are demanding justice. The decision of the President, the highest court of the land, and the Senate, whether based on emotion or not, is not what we believe is right and just. It does not unite this country at all. And it will never help any of us heal.

We commend the filing of Resolution No. 86, by Sen. Riza Hontiveros despite odds. Continuing efforts that seek to unite the Senate to take critical, insightful and independent stance in favor of the people should be pursued. We, as a network and human rights advocate from all corners of the country and many corners of the globe, support this kind of actions and efforts from our lawmakers.

The Libingan ng mga Bayani is no place for Marcos. All of us, with the dead victims of Marcos’ reign, many of whom without markers, will cry out until beyond this lifetime, that the justice for all the dictator’s human rights victims be served; and that all the loots he amassed be returned rightfully to the Filipino people.

We, with our sorrows and wails for justice will shake every pillar, every fabric that holds this nation together if only to make everyone realize that the Marcos family needs to search for the bones of our martyred friends and loved ones and to pray for pardon from the families of all HR victims. Only then can we even begin to talk about whether Marcos deserves forgiveness. Only when justice is served to all the Human Rights victims and the plundered Filipino nation, that moving on can be possible.

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