Today, dictator Ferdinand Edralin Marcos was suddenly buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig.
It has been done with such haste and surprise that it shocked many – including those in the government (as they say) and also some of the late President’s supporters.
Last November ☠, the Supreme Court has cleared the way for Marcos burial in the cemetery usually reserved for soldiers, veterans and former Philippine Presidents. Many critics are arguing Marcos as unfit to be buried there because of human rights abuses and/or being dishonorably removed from office through the bloodless People Power revolt of 1986.
Some of President Rodrigo Duterte’s cabinet were surprised, as they claim, like what Malacañang spokespersons have said. Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag said that their office doesn’t know about the burial. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella was with Duterte in Peru for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
There are also conflicting claims that Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa or Duterte himself having knowledge about the burial or none at all.
And there had been claims that even eldest child Imee Marcos had little idea about the burial.
But the Marcos burial was assisted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and by the Philippine National Police. Marcos was controversially interred with full military honors.
There has been a motion for reconsideration filed contesting the Supreme Court decision, and is set to be decided by the end of the month. Meanwhile, it was earlier rumored that Marcos is to be buried in LNMB by December 11.
Duterte himself promised that he will have Marcos buried in LNMB before the end of the year. Little anyone know that the burial itself will took place before week’s end.
Protests erupted around the country, where students and teachers from top universities walked out from class, protesting at the gates, then later on marching towards the People Power monument at the corner of White Plains and EDSA avenues.
There has been a scheduled simultaneous protest today, whose date was set only shortly after the Supreme Court decision. Anyway, things have changed and the event was modified accordingly.
I want to share this video, and it gave me goosebumps.
And, the normally pinjutili Sandro Marcos is not so handsome for the critics.
But still, many ignorant people are mostly jeering the protests, and the comments in the Internet posts about the protests are cancerous.
Then we saw this post on social media having drinks in a coffee shop as they celebrate Marcos burial. Wow. And perhaps many supporters are having their own celebration as well.
But still, many Filipinos are still awake and minds still untarnished by the false news and history on social media. This is yet another painful blow to the Philippines especially the surviving victims of Martial Law as well as the families of the deceased and the disappeared during those dark times. It is still uncertain what will happen next, but yet it is feared that the worst is yet to come.
The flash burial by Marcos is another testament to this awful year of Two Thousand Sixteen.