Marcos, no war hero – educators
A group of Catholic school educators spoke out against a house resolution calling for the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, claiming the Martial Law dictator as a “fake war hero.”
The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) urged congressmen to withdraw their signatures from House Resolution No. 1135 and asked people not to make a “mockery of the service and sacrifice of Filipino war veterans by giving a hero’s burial to someone who is not only a fake war hero, but was also responsible for undermining democracy and development during his long tenure as authoritarian ruler. “
Around 200 solons signed the said resolution, including Marcos’ former Agriculture Minister Rep. Salvador H. Escudero III.
The group argued that Marcos’ “corrupt dictatorial regime” turned the country into the “sick amn” of Asia and that the claim that Marcos was a World War II hero is a “total fabrication.”
“Was Marcos really a ‘well-decorated soldier’? He may have been a war veteran just like many Filipinos of his generation. But a hero certainly he was not,” the CEAP statement read.
The educators asserted that the “elaborate tale” that Marcos led the “Maharlika guerilla unit” during the Japanese occupation was exposed as a fictitious story by American historian Alfred McCoy. An official United States military investigation made right after the war already declared it as a fraud.
They asked schools to be vigilant in the revisions and reinterpretations of history by people with vested interests.
“How can his supporters claim that Marcos `built the modern foundations of the Philippines’ when he presided over the country’s near economic collapse under the burden of behest loans and corrupt practices which to this day our nation has not fully recovered from?” the group added.
They also pointed out that the Marcos family and their cronies have yet to be held accountable for “serious charges of plunder.”
They quoted St. Augustine who said, “Charity is no substitute for justice withheld” then asked “Let justice be the tie that binds us as a nation.”
Tonight, at Ces Drilon’s Rundown , she asks if the former president should be buried at the Libingan ng Bayani. Most were against the burial. @inabear cries out “AGAINST! It is a slap in the faces of the thousands illegally detained, tortured, killed and raped during martial law!” @johnraylucas says “He does not deserve to be buried there. Remember the horrendous moment in our history. For the victims of Martial Law’s sake” @MikoyCastro asks “what will parents tell their kids if we bury a dictator in Libingan ng mga Bayani. It ruins our nation’s credibility.”
@MCbermuda is in favor since “…of FM’s burial at the Heroes’ Cemetery. He is a hero in his own right and he did a lot of good things for the country.” @crisis73 adds that “If Gen. Reyes is there, Marcos should be there as well.”
There are undecideds too, @parizhelle13 ” pero kung iisipin deserving din naman kasi madami din syang nagawa. hirap naman magdecide. hahahaha ”
While some would want to move on @crispy_papa asserts that ” People who push for FM’s burial at LNMB while saying ‘we should all move on’ have no business talking about the matter”
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Source : Philippine Online Chronicles