Marcos' secret burial, angered some Kagay-anons

The unexpected burial former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Taguig City on Friday, November 18, angered many Kagay-anons prompting them to stage protest in the Cagayan de Oro City.

Militant group, Karapatan, secretary-general Fr. Christopher Ablon laid the blame squarely on President Duterte saying the burial only showed the "deep relationship" between Duterte and the Marcoses.

"Kinsa man diay ang nagsugo kundi ang presidente man? Gilipat nila ang katawhan, kini siya indicative kung unsa ka lawom ang connection ni Duterte ug sa mga Marcos, to the point nga maka-abot ug ingon-ani, so ang katawhan nalinlang, wala naka-aksyon, buot ipasabot nathreaten pud sila kung unsa ang kaya untang mahimo sa katawhan, aware sila ana sa punto nga gihikaw nila ang impormasyon sa katawhan aron mahikawan sad ang katawhan sa pagbuhat sa iyang katungod (Who would have ordered, none other than the the president? They tricked the public, it’s an indication of deep connection between Duterte and Marcoses, to the point of coming up like this, the public was deceived, unable to do actions, this just meant that they were also threatened on what the public can do, they were aware of that idea to the point of depriving the information so the public would also be deprived with its right), " Ablon said.

The unexpected burials, Ablon said, showed the true character of the Marcoses.

"Ang ilang gibuhat nagpakita sa nga kinaiya sa mga Marcos, ingana ra gyud diay ilang paghatag ug bili sa katawhan nga lipaton rata. Gikaminusan niya ang masa, kadtong mga tawo nga nibarug sa martial law, sa tawhanong katungod, ang present administration nagpakahilom lang (What they did showed the true character of the Marcoses, they value the public by deceiving. They degraded those people who stand against martial law, those who stand for human rights, the present administration were deaf mute)," he added.

For Kris Buntag, whose father disappeared after being taken by suspected state agents in 1983, said the government should be held accountable for the sneaky burial.

"Nagsakit akong dughan diha sa atong government kay nganung gi-allow man nila nga dili paman executory ang decision sa Supreme Court (I was deeply saddened toward our government on why did they allow the burial since the decision of Supreme Court is still executory)," Buntag said, whose father has been missing since 1983.

Buntag added he had mixed emotions upon knowing the sudden burial of the former president.

"Na-shock kaayo ko sa pagkabalo nako nga padulong na diay sila sa LNMB unya sakit siya naay siyay gamay nga kalagot kay hagtod gyud sa iyang paglubong mura gihapon siya ug kawatan nga kalit-kalit lang (I was shocked when I knew that they were on their way to the LNMB then it hurts with a little bit of anger since until know his burial was like a theft, so sudden)," she said.

"Ang ato sigurong mabuhat karon is to spread the stories of the martial law victims kay ang thinking raba gyud sa uban kay between the Marcos and Aquino lang ang awayan, pero (What we can do now is to spread the stories of the martial law victims because others may think was the fight was between the Marcos and Aquino only, but) this is more than that family feud," she said.

Jerry Orcullo, chair of the Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (Selda) in Northern Mindanao, said protest actions will be organized in the coming days to protest the burial.

"Ila kadtong gihimo to stymied the momentum of protest and opposition, but the protest action and indignation shall continue to go until justice is attained and let history be the judge," he added.

The protest was also joined by students and teachers of the Xavier Unviersity.

Earlier this noon, Marcos was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Taguig City.

Police Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde said authorities finalized the burial plans with the Marcos family on Thursday, November 17, adding the former President's remains were flown by helicopter from Laoag, Ilocos Norte, for the burial around noon Friday.


Albayalde said earlier that there will only be a simple ceremony.

"There will be no state funeral. It will be very simple, the body will be carried on a hearse then brought to his tomb," Albayalde said.

Still, the highly secretive funeral plan shocked many pro-democracy advocates and human rights victims who planned several protests nationwide Friday to oppose the burial at the cemetery, where former presidents, soldiers and national artists have been interred, unaware that funeral plans for the dictator were already underway. (Pamela Jay F. Orias/Sunnex)

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