- Senator Leila De Lima files a petition opposing the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
- She pointed out that the Marcos’ hero burial would go against the very spirit of the 1987 Constitution
- She also said that no president has the power to rewrite history, referring to current President Duterte
Senator Leila De Lima filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) in opposition of the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, on Tuesday, August 30.
In the 38-page petition, De Lima argued that Marcos’ hero burial “would not just be a once-off act of violating the Constitution, but a continuing, lingering, and spreading malignancy that will erode, destroy and eradicate what we, as a people, have accomplished, not just to heal ourselves from past atrocities but, even more importantly, to protect ourselves from the rise of another despot who could inflict the same, if not greater, damage,” as per an article published by ABS CBN News.
She stressed that the former president should not be considered a hero and “is the farthest thing from a hero and the last person that public officials and leaders ought to look up to and emulate,” for committing offenses such as “moral turpitude.”
She also pointed out that burying the remains of Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery is unconstitutional for being “contrary to the spirit and very existence of the 1987 Constitution, and the will of the Filipino people that ratified it.”
De Lima, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, said in her petition: “No President has the power to rewrite history”, referring to the current president, as per an article published by Inquirer.
President Duterte believes that Marcos deserves to be interred at the heroes’ cemetery for his services as a soldier and former president, which has been a national divisive issue.
Through her petition, De Lima pleaded to the SC: “The Honorable Court must not allow the judgment of history and of the Filipino people to be frustrated and thwarted by letting Marcos be honored in a state funeral and burial among heroes.”
“Otherwise, the spectacle we will witness is not only the state funeral of the dictator and tyrant Marcos, but the burial of our own history as a nation, together with the memory of the real heroes who truly shed their blood for the freedom and liberty of the Filipino people,” she added.