This supposedly must be a long overdue issue on whether the former President Ferdinand Marcos be buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (LNMB) would now come to rest. Thanks to President Duterte for having the “balls” to end this long been sensationalized plot in the theatrical Philippine politics.
Let alone the world call him a strongman, a dictator, führer, despot, or tyrant, or anything worst the world could invent, still the former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos was a duly elected president of the Republic of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986.
The issue on whether former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, who had declared martial law from 1972 to 1981, shall be buried in the LNMB attracts two major arguments on the side of anti-Marcos and on the other side of pro-Marcos. One good question that has been raised in public these past days was:
- What made the few so “motivated” to keep on rallying against the hero’s burial for former President Marcos?
Based on my observation, all arguments against the late Marcos are political in substance and in form, egocentric, emotion-based reasoning, divisive, and outright vindictive.
Inquirer.net on its Facebook page posted these following arguments asserting that the former president is unfit to be given a hero’s burial. The list of arguments is clearly emotion-based reasoning and unfounded assertion of facts appears to be forceful and persuasive (Refer to the screenshot).
The issue isn’t as simple as enumerating the massive consequences of the action so obviously impossible for a single person to carry them out. Nor is it justifiable by any reason to look only at the vicious side of the coin in evaluating this issue.
Republic Act No. 289 (approved June 16, 1948) provides the underlying principle, basis, and purpose of constructing the Libingan ng Mga Bayani. That is,
…to perpetuate the memory of ALL THE PRESIDENTS OF THE PHILIPPINES, national heroes, and patriots for the inspiration and emulation of this generation and of generation still unborn (Emphasis in all caps is mine.).
Understanding this clause is a no-brainer. Thus to rephrase it, LNMB is constructed in memory of ALL the presidents of the Philippines for generations to “inspire and emulate”.
Through the changing times and in the most challenging event, the society as having those intertwining forces in action, the litmus test for inspiration to grow is to bring about change where the consequences of that change may be worth emulating, be it positive or negative. Let this alone be left to the people for them to look into its worth. After all, the understanding of the meaning of these two words, inspire and emulate, has no specific standard. It depends on how one aligns and parallels his or her outlooks and perspectives in understanding the former President Marcos’ actions in response to the urgent challenges during his administration.
Thus, asserting the hero’s burial for former President Marcos as unfit is tantamount to obliterating 21 years in our memory when there was this Ferdinand E. Marcos who once became the president of the Republic of the Philippines!
The deceased Ferdinand E. Marcos as a former Philippine president is just fitting to be buried at the LNMB, where the memories of ALL THE PRESIDENTS OF THE PHILIPPINES be remembered and emulated (by whatever means, the hell who should care) by our generation and the generations to come.
- Is the AFP Regulation effective and binding to consider it as either a supplementary or an implementing rule for the Republic Act No. 289?
My common sense dictates that the AFP Regulation is NOT binding and effective to use it against any past president of the Philippines.
It is obviously tempting to raise the following questions about the scope, the extent of the implementing power of the AFP Regulation, which is used in the argument for disqualification of Marcos hero’s burial:
- Is AFP Regulation a specific law or an executive order?
- Is AFP Regulation in form and in substance an implementing guideline for Republic Act No. 289?
Again, my basic understanding dictates that the AFP Regulation is neither a specific law nor an executive order. Thus, its implementing power is limited only to the AFP personnel and to the other personnel enumerated, except to ALL PRESIDENTS OF THE PHILIPPINES. Why?
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