NOVEMBER 18, 2016
Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon
We hope President Duterte, while he still has time, might reconsider his decision… There’s also a universal concern among the human rights victims about the message we will be sending to the current and future generations that it’s all right to violate human rights and you will be given hero’s burial.
National Historical Commission of the Philippines Chairperson Maria Serena Diokno
Marcos claimed he received the Distinguished Service Cross, Server’s Star and Order of the Purple Heart, but all of these are not true.
Vice President Leni Robredo
How can we allow a hero’s burial for a man who has plundered our country and was responsible for the death and disappearance of many Filipinos? Those who have greatly committed crimes and moral turpitude to the Filipino people cannot be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III
If I were president I would not allow it. I don’t consider him a hero… Actually the party (PDP-Laban) does not consider Marcos a hero, but we will respect the decision of our partymate.
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano
I see the point ni presidente na kung completely legal issue he’s entitled to it. Pero yung pangalan kasi ng libingan ay Libingan ng Bayani. He had heroic moments during his life but we do not consider in totality heroic because of the things that happened to martial law. Unless palitan natin ang pangalan sa Libingan ng Bayani at Diktador.
Sen. Leila de Lima
Those concerned can always take some legal steps. The first thing that crossed my mind is some sort of an injunctive class suit of the families of the victims of abuses of martial law. If at all, it will be a novel case, a case of first impression.
Sen. Francis Pangilinan
Burying a murderer and a thief in the Libingan ng mga Bayani is not moving on, it is teaching our children to honor murderers and plunderers.
Bishops and an activist group also gave their reactions.
Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes
The majority of Filipinos will never cease their opposition to the burial. More shame will befall the Marcos family.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo
Ferdinand Marcos is no hero. We should not forget his abuses of power.
Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes
Government should not use a single centavo of taxpayers’ money or any government resources for that matter, to honor one who plundered the nation’s coffers and violated human rights with impunity. Whatever the motives of Duterte in allowing the burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, it is certain that the Marcos family will use the occasion to whitewash the bloody record of the dictator and hail him as a hero.