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GENEN LLENA MARIE M. SAYRE
May 20, 2011
Title: Ferdinand E. Marcos Burial at the Heroes’ Cemetery after 22 years
Author:Genen Llena Marie M. Sayre
Subject:Business Technical Writing
School:Western Leyte College
Adviser:Prof. Carmelita T. Arradaza
Date:May 20, 2011
More than two decades after ousted President Ferdinand Marcos died in exile, the issue of the former leader's burial remains unresolved and continues to be a divisive issue in the Philippines. Marcos died in 1989 in Hawaii. His body, which was brought back to the Philippines in 1993, is now on display inside a glass box in an air-conditioned crypt in the family's ancestral home in Batac, Ilocos Norte Province, North of Manila. The Marcos family, pleading for an "honorable burial," has lobbied the government that Marcos's waxed remains be interred at the heroes' cemetery in Manila where the nation's veterans and soldiers lie to rest. Statement of the Problem
A Catholic archbishop has opposed calls to allow the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes’ Cemetery. Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Anthonio Ledesma said many Filipinos will not allow such idea especially those victims of human rights violations under the Marcos dictatorship. “I’m a Filipino citizen and I’m against it. We know how massive the human rights abuses during the Marcos regime,” Ledesma said. The prelate was reacting to a congressional proposal to allow Marcos to be buried at the Heroes’ Cemetery in an interview over Radyo Veritas Thursday. According to him, lawmakers should first determine the view of the public before pursuing the plan. “Before pushing that, the sentiments of the people especially the victims of human rights violations must be considered,” Ledesma said. The victims, he said, are surely against allowing the body of the late strongman to be reburied at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. The body of Marcos has been lying inside a refrigerated crypt in the Marcos Mausoleum in Ilocos Norte since 1993. According to Escudero "We can't take it away from people that former President Corazon Aquino and Senator Benigno ‘Ninoy' Aquino Jr. are heroes. In the same manner, please give us a chance to declare Marcos a hero. He was a fighter in World War 2, a former president. Let us put a closure to this." But critics said giving the late dictator a hero's burial would be like adding insult to injury. In the same interview, Gabriela Partylist Representative Luzviminda Ilagan said the proposal to lay Marcos to rest in a burial ground reserved for heroes merely opens old wounds in the hearts of thousands of Marcos human rights victims. "Let's not rewrite history. Even if President Marcos did not have a personal hand (in the abuses), there's command responsibility. Granting he fought in the war, then he's a war veteran; granting he participated in the war, then he was one of our soldiers, but he can't be considered a hero who deserves a burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani." There is no need to take it up in a plebiscite at the risk of starting a precedent for all future burials.
I propose to finally put a closure to the issue of President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos burial at the Heroes’ Cemetery. In this review I will achieve: explain my position on the aforementioned issue. All the heroes in our history were not perfect. Somehow something was attached or attributed to their names. No one, no matter how much revered by people, will ever be blameless and irreproachable. Even the greatest in world history is not without blame for man while alive will...