Burying Marcos with Military honors is like forgetting EDSA

Vice President Jejomar Binay recently recommended to President Aquino that former President Marcos be buried in Ilocos with full military honors. The recommendation comes after Representatives in Congress led by Salvador H. Escudero III filed House resolution 1135 urging Mr. Macros be buried in the Libigan ng mga Bayani, which is a cemetery for fallen soldiers.

Marcos was a soldier and a former president of the Republic. He deserves the entitlement of those offices. Doesn’t he?

Nation, Lest we forget what Mr. Marcos and his family have done for the Philippines, Charlie Avila graciously compiled the Macros Chronology report.

For example, Avila noted that in 1977, The Marcoses were patrons of education. They donated US$1.5 million to Tufts University in Boston, but the school rejected the donation, but were allowed to finance seminars and lectures.

Mrs. Marcos was a patron of Culture and shinny things. She brought fame to the Philippines. Mrs. Marcos according to Mr. Avila, spent US$2.181 million in a day in 1978. One of the things she bought were platinum and emerald bracelets with diamonds. Mr. Avila added, a Cartier representative admitted that Mrs. Marcos put together the largest collection of gems in 1978. Isn’t that a worthwhile achievement by the leader of a nation known for its slums, and garbage mountains?

EDSA didn’t happen over night. It took years and many tiny battles by the dissident opposition to take power from Marcos— who was the duly constituted authority. EDSA sparked because 29 Comelec controllers walked out, saying that Marcos doctored the results.

Juan Ponce Enrile and Fidel Ramos went to stab Marcos behind his back. Enrile was defense minister, and Ramos head of the Philippine Constabulary.

The Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Sin called on the people to take to the streets.

The Americans took Mr. Marcos to exile in Hawaii.

The world celebrated and recognized the revolutionary government led by Corazon Aquino, mother of current President Aquino, and wife of the slain Ninoy Aquino.

Mr. Binay joined EDSA. As did so many people.

What has EDSA done for us after 20 years? There is a culture of impunity in our country, as the Committee to Protect Journalists noted. We were subjected to nearly 10 years of Arroyo rule. We voted the actor Estrada into office, and ousted him. We elected Fidel Ramos, a hero of EDSA into public office. We braved several military coup d’tat attempts during Mrs. Aquino’s time.

In the last 20 years, what has happened? A group of people can gather on the Internet and talk about why our people are still poor. EDSA is a moon crater highway, but cars of from all over the world are cruising our streets. We have media publications all over. People can speak their mind, and sometimes too much. We have computers and iPhones, and even a lowly janitor has a mobile phone. The silver screen has the lovely Anne Curtis, and Gretchen Fullido gives us entertainment news on television. And Kris Aquino has kept us entertained even beyond her mother’s presidency.

Granted Mr. Marcos’ absence could never stop the world from introducing the mobile phone, and for some people, to be spared to see Kris Aquino’s growing pains would be a godsend. We’ve seen Egypt. Syria. And elsewhere, imaging what will and what was isn’t too hard to do.

And yes, Marcos or not, we still have people in abject poverty. Not just some, but a whole lot. Kids swim to go to school not for the thrill of it but because it is the only way to go. You think we could get Olympic class swimmers from them?

Was it a continuity reboot by economist Solita Monsod to say, “The economy was in total shambles under Marcos“?

In the closing days of the Arroyo regime, the Ampatuan massacre occurred. Fifty seven people were killed. Not just killed but brutally murdered, and they were mutilated. The fifty-eight victim remains missing, with only his false teeth as evidence he was there. The massacre in Maguindanao is a prime example of the culture of impunity.

This sort of violence never did happen during Marcos’ time, right? People didn’t just go missing, and never to be heard of again. In 2010, Claimants 1081 won two rounds in their court battle with the Marcoses. Their damage claim, almost US$2 Billion. The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that a New York court took hold of US$35 million in Marcos deposits.

Saying Mr. Marcos should be given military honors as he is laid to rest is like Binay saying we should forget about EDSA. So yes, Mr. Binay is correct. We should forget about EDSA. It is full of potholes anyway. You don’t need EDSA to get to the Coconut Palace right? Let us give Mr. Marcos his twenty gun salute. Bury the old geezer. The worms have been waiting for him since 1989. Oh, and it could very well be Jejomar Binay versus Bongbong Marcos in 2016. We should think about that.

We’re down, down, down the rabbit hole now!

Totally psychedelic.

Image credit: John Tenniel, Some rights reserved.

Alex Cade Cruz

Aspiring writer living in a rabbit hole.

  • Thai anton

    I was one of those who went to see Ninoy Aquino body in his house, before people start lining up,I voted for Tita Cory Aquino for President,
    The endless coup attemp to unseat her ,also abolition of Geronemo Velasco Dept of Energy and the following years of 12 to 16 hours of power outages that caused havoc to the struggling Philippines economy.

  • Thai anton

    Wrong, that was PICC that is where the first Manila international Film festival was,and Imee Marcos Experimental Cinema was. Marcos must have stolen money but he also have a lot of positive accomplishment that no past or present president have surpassed, MArcos projects still benefits
    Present day pinoys, San juanico bridge.

    • UP nn grad

      Marcos must have stolen money…. and then, there is the body-count.

      What’s the official body-count? That Halikinu-dude Edgar Jopson Fabilioh!!!! is one of the statistics, right? And how many, the count for desaparecidos under Marcos-Ferdinand?

      I wonder what the body-bag count would have been if Apo Marcos wa not tricked into boarding a helicopter which then brought him to Hawaii (as opposed to Ilocos Norte)?

      • UP nn grad

        Of course, there is Mendiola Bridge, but the numbers don’t compare, do they?

        • UP nn grad

          The ugly thing is that the comparison becomes “desparecidos-per-year” because Human Rights Watch would say that the phenomenon — desparecidos for Pilipinas — is continuing to this very day. What would Walden Bello put at Noynoy’s feet since Noynoy stepped into office, like twenty-five? The blabber is that the desparecidos-per-month under Noynoy —- pareho lang — desparecidos-per-month under GMA, is this true?

  • Thai anton

    Marcos may not be so popular ,but under Marcos RP started a meager
    Family planning program you can go to local health centers and ask for condoms and pills free of charge, family planning commison
    Cultural center of the Philippines,Manila Cavite coastal road project,Philippine Cooper smiltering plant, PNOC ,North and South expressway, Manila bay reclaimation project, Angat dam ,Kaliraya dam,
    La Mesa dam rehab project, light rail transit project 1,Philcite,PNOC Bauan
    Batangas ship building and repair project, Medicare, Bataan Nuclear power generating project,MWSS was created and laid hundreds of kilometer of water pipes across metro Manila,Pag ibig ,all these projects can all be credited to President Ferdinand Marcos.

    • UP nn grad

      Are there still sighting of ghosts (from worker-deaths, buried in place to prevent construction-delays) — Cultural Center/Philippines?

    • Funny you should mention the BNPP. It was built using substandard materials, has been mothballed since day 1, and to this day we Filipino taxpayers are still paying for the behest loan that was taken out to pay for it.

      And really, are you that easily enamored by all these infrastructure and financial projects – mostly overpriced and used to siphon huge kickbacks – to forget all of the human rights atrocities under his regime? You take all of these projects, and you tell me that it was all worth the thousands who were tortured and/or died fighting for basic human rights. Go ahead, say it.

  • UP nn grad

    Why Persi-Noynoy delegated the matter to Binay is spurious. An Executive Decision by a leader — deny LIbingan/Bayani to Ferdinand Marcos for reasons of history — was a decision a sitting president could act on alone.

    Maybe Presi-Noynoy is scared that BongBong becomes President-2016 and BongBong retaliates against him. But Presi-Noynoy should not be scared of BongBong doing a witchhunt on him in retaliation for a decision to deny Marcus burial at Libingan/Bayani. The issue was just recently settled when Corona Supreme Court said a sitting president can not do a witchhunt on one individual. Presi-Noynoy can decide as a Persi-dente to deny Marcos burial at libingan. The Constitutiion is on his side.

    • Cocoy

      President Aquino can sometimes be too generous in his delegating of power. This is something he could have settled with by executive fiat. I don’t think people will fault him to be partisan on the matter.