Binay: Marcos burial verdict ‘solomonic’


This was how Vice President Jejomar C. Binay described his way of resolving the issue that has undeniably divided the nation for more than 20 years now – whether or not the remains of the late strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos should be interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery of Heroes) in Taguig.

A supposed leakage of Binay’s recommendation to President Aquino showed that he favored full military honors for Marcos but his body would have to be buried in his home province of Ilocos Norte and not at the Libingan ng mga

Binay refused to confirm or deny the supposed leakage.

“Solomonic,” of course, “means exhibiting or requiring the exercise of great wisdom, especially in making difficult decisions” and indeed, the Marcos burial issue was one tough decision to make for the 68-year-old Binay who once served as lawyer for alleged victims of human rights violations during Marcos’ rule.

“My friends had called me a traitor, etc. But I just laughed at them because in every decision you make, you will be met with cheers and jeers,” Binay said in an interview before boarding the 10 p.m. Philippine Airlines flight PR 102 for the United States at the Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City.

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  • UP nn grad

    Apparently, Binay is too far-a-distance away from his reading of Biblical literature.

    The Solomon-decision was about the wisdom of a king who was not aiming for appeasement; the king wanted a winner and a loser, and winner/loser to be based on the intentions and goodness-of-heart of two women disputing over a child. The Solomon-setting was one of a courageous king willing to demonstrate (apparent) ruthlessness in order to make the protagonists display the integrity in their souls.

    The true Solomon decision had one winner and one loser, and not a civilization in the world will dispute that the Solomon decision picked the right winner.

    Appeasement —- sometimes oftentimes many times, the good guys lose.

    • UP nn grad

      Appeasement… reminds me of Oslo Peace Prize December 2010 ceremonies and the heads-of-state whose arms got twisted by Beijing.