Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile quoted the proposed state burial of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. should not really be a big, disruptive issue since the law is hypothetically obvious to allow the former president lay to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).
“I do not know why it becomes an issue. How many Presidents were buried there up to now? 16, from the time of Emilio Aguinaldo . According to the law, all presidents have a right to be buried to that place,” Enrile said during an interview with Winnie Monsod on GMA News “Bawal ang Pasaway” aired October 24.
Enrile added that statement Libingan ng mga Bayani is just a characterization of the place but it does not mean that all those people there are bayanis (heroes). So why is it (Marcos’ burial) becomes an issue?
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He further stressed Duterte’s argument that Marcos is also qualified to be buried as he was also a soldier and a war veteran.
“To be entitled to be buried in that particular piece of land, you don’t have to die in battle, because there are many recipients of Congressional medal of honor who are still living today…Let’s assume that 90 percent of his medals are fake, one medal will entitle you to be buried there,” Enrile said.
“Tama na itong Marcos hating. It will destroy the annals, the emotions of this country,” Enrile answers when asked by Monsod on whether it is just right to bury Marcos at LNMB to think of the human rights abuses committed during the Martial law Regime.
Enrile believes that Marcos cannot be erased in the Philippine history.
The former Senator admits that he was instrumental on declaration of the authoritarian rule as he was one who studied the legal frameworks of Proclamation No. 1081 before it was proclaimed by Marcos in 1972, placing the entire country under Martial Law.
He added that there was an urgent need of the imposition of Martial law as the country was dysfunctional back then because communism may arise.
In February 1986, Enrile and the former Armed Forces Vice Chief of Staff Fidel V. Ramos pulled out their support to Marcos after the discovery of planned coup attempt.
Together with other young soldiers, Enrile and Ramos holed themselves up in Camp Crame while the people assembled in the streets in what is now popular as the EDSA People Power Revolution which led to the fall of Marcos dictatorship.