Marcos family marks All Souls’ Day at Heroes’ Cemetery

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The family of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos marked this year’s All Souls’ Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery) for the first time, nearly 30 years after the late strongman’s death.

A mass was held near the tomb of the former president on Wednesday, November 1. The entire Marcos family were reportedly present, except for the late dictator’s daughter, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.

Despite the public outcry of martial law victims and their families, the late strongman was buried “unannounced” at the Heroes’ Cemetery in Taguig City on November 18 last year.

This was months after President Rodrigo Duterte gave the go-signal in August to bury the late dictator at the Heroes’ Cemetery.

In a statement, Bongbong Marcos, the late dictator’s son, signified the importance of the event for his family. He also expressed gratitude towards the supporters of his father.

“Mabuti naman at hanggang ngayon ay naalala pa ang kaniyang mga naitulong at nagawa para sa bansa sa panahon na siya’y buhay pa at nagseserbisyo (It’s good that until now people still remember his service to the country when he was still alive),” Bongbong said.

“I remember the moments of greatness during his presidency but also the moments of intimacy. I’m lucky to have known him in that regard, perhaps not the same as other people, but I had the benefit of knowing him as a father, as a person, as a man,” he added.

Late President Marcos, who was ousted during the 1986 EDSA Revolution, died of kidney, heart and lung ailments in 1989 while he was in exile in Hawaii.

His body was allowed to return to  the Philippines in 1992 with several conditions, among of which include that he will be buried in his family mausoleum in Batac upon arrival.

Marcos stamp another ‘revision of history’

A group of martial law victims and peace advocates criticized the recent issuance of a commemorative stamp for late President Marcos.

Earlier in September, the Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) released a commemorative stamp for the 100th birth anniversary of the late strongman.

The stamp, which shows a smiling Marcos with his signature and the words “Birth Centenary,” will be on sale until the September 10  next year.

In a statement released Friday, October 27, the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacanang (CARMMA) said the centenary stamp is another “stolen credit, another stamping of Marcos rehabilitation and revision of history.”

“The Duterte regime’s political rehabilitation of the Marcos goes on and on. One day, shall we see images of Marcos all over the country? Posters, action figures? We can only express extreme disgust,” it said.

CARMMA also tagged Duterte, who’s been accused of whitewashing the late dictator’s career, as a “copycat” of “his idol Marcos.”

“Before he thinks of being put in a stamp, or becoming an action figure, he should worry of the people’s verdict to him as one president who won through popular support, but gave failed change and resulted [in] anti-people policies, and creeping towards a tyrannical rule,” CARMMA added.

In defense, PHLPost assistant post master Luis Carlos clarified that the Marcos stamp has no political overtones and was only released as part of a series of stamps marking Philippine presidents’ 100th birthdays.

“We are just following the guidelines. The presidents who have birth centenaries have stamps issued,” Carlos said.





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