Marcos burial in LNMB 'SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED': Diokno

Marcos burial in LNMB 'SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED': Diokno


Opposition senatorial candidate is still having “moving on” problems with respect to the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos in the Liingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Taguig city.

Human right lawyer Chel Diokno said the “ burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani should "never have happened" as it allowed the Marcoses to clean up their name.”

Diokno said the burial of the older Marcos destroyed the truth about what happened during martial law and allowed Marcos' son, ex-senator Bongbong Marcos, to gather momentum for his own presidential bid. 

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“It’s really very significant not just for me personally but I think for the entire country. Because it enabled the Marcoses to kind of, in a way, clean up their name. And it really destroyed the truth about what happened during martial law," he said in an ANC Rundown interview.

“It’s truly ironic that a person whom our very own Supreme Court characterized as authoritarian in at least nine decisions, whom our own Supreme Court described as a dictator in 19 decisions and who has been really recognized judicially as the only president who was removed by direct act of the people is buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.”

“It really is dissonant and it should never have happened in my opinion,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte, allowed the burial of the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, just months after Duterte won the 2016 presidential election.


"I think it enabled him (Bongbong) to gather some momentum for this campaign run. And it’s really something that perhaps was, as the president himself said, it was a campaign promise he made," Diokno said.

“So that’s an angle I think that should be looked into, in terms of what were the motivations behind this understanding or promise made by the president,” he said.

He added that Bongbong's candidacy reflects the failings of the Philippine justice system. 

“I think it’s a reflection of the failings of our justice system.. And the fact that up to now, some of the cases against the Marcoses are still pending, despite the so many decades that have elapsed, there should have been closure by, at least our courts, many many years ago.”

“And I’m wondering why it’s taking so long for justice to happen when all the facts are in and all that’s needed is a decision by the higher courts,” he added.





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