Bill seeks to rename cemetery to ‘Libingan ng mga Bayani at mga Dating Pangulo’

Martial Law victims raise their fists after they filed a petition on Monday asking the Supreme Court to intervene and stop the planned hero's interment for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani next month. President Rodrigo Duterte recently ordered the military to prepare for Marcos' burial scheduled on September 18.(MNS photo)

Martial Law victims raise their fists after they filed a petition on Monday asking the Supreme Court to intervene and stop the planned hero’s interment for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani next month. President Rodrigo Duterte recently ordered the military to prepare for Marcos’ burial scheduled on September 18.(MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — A party-list lawmaker on Thursday filed a bill proposing to rename the Libingan ng mga Bayani to “Libingan ng mga Bayani at mga Dating Pangulo” to “defer from judging whether a former President was or was not a hero.”

Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque proposed the measure following President Rodrigo Duterte’s go signal to transfer the remains of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery.

“The planed burial is causing massive unrest among Filipinos who question the heroism of former President Marcos, given the human rights record of the Martial Law years,” Roque said.

“From both a legal and moral standpoint, many Filipinos, especially victims of the evils of Martial Law, question the propriety of burying President Marcos in the LNMB,” he added.

The lawmaker said the Duterte administration appears to be “intent” on having Marcos buried at the heroes’ cemetery.

“Let the people’s memory be the judge, not the whims of a certain administration,” Roque said.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court issued a status quo ante order directing the petitioners seeking to deny the hero’s burial for Marcos to observe the status before the memorandum instructing the military to facilitate the burial was issued.

The SC also postponed the oral arguments on the issue to August 31.

Petitioners against the burial, some of them Martial Law victims and former government officials, have urged the SC to shot down the impending burial backed by Duterte, citing Marcos’ dubious record as a war soldier and massive human rights violations and corruption that tainted his 20-year rule.

Duterte had reiterated that Marcos should be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani “because he was a president, period.” (MNS)

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