By: Roy Bersales
THE efforts of few senators to block the decision of the Supreme Court that allowed the burial of the late Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Taguig City was shot to death by other senators who are ‘sharp shooter’ than the anti-Marcos senators.
The Senate Resolution No. 86 authored by Sen. Riza Hontiveros – Baraquel strongly argued that Marcos is “unfit” to be buried at the LNMB lost with got an 8-6-6 vote on Monday.
The Senate Resolution failed to get 11 majority votes as only 8 voted in favor of the Hontiveros Resolution.
The late President is set to be buried at the LNMB after the majority of the Supreme Court voted in favor of the call of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The Supreme Court’s decision wrote by Justice Diosdado Peralta (as the ponencia) stressed that it was legal right of Marcos to be buried at the LNMB since he was a former president and a former soldier of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Marcos holds the rank of colonel when he opted to retire in 1960 to throw his hat to politics.
Peralta also stressed that no competent court that found Marcos guilty of graft and corruption despite strong accusations of leftist on him.
He likewise pointed out that Duterte did not abuse his power to allow Marcos to be buried at the LNMB.
The Marcos family is preparing for the burial of Marcos before the end of 2016.
Former Senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. has already talked to the police and military about the simple ceremony of the burial.
Marcos and his sister Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos were extremely happy that finally their father would be laid to rest on his request of place of burial.
The late President died in 1989 in Hawaii.
During Monday’s session, twenty senators were present wherein those who voted against Marcos burial at the LNMB were Senators Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Leila de Lima, Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Grace Poe, Joel Villanueva, and Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.
Those who voted against the resolution were Senators Richard Gordon, Gringo Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Manny Pacquiao, Vicente Sotto III, and Cynthia Villar.
The remaining six who abstained in the voting were Senators Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Sherwin Gatchalian, Ralph Recto, and Miguel Zubiri.
Escudero said he abstained because the issue on the burial of the late President should be put to end.
Aquino said he is ashamed of thousands who were killed, who were missing until this times, and tortured during Marcos rule—and yet Marcos will be laid to rest at the LNMB.
He said the Marcos burial issue is all about the Filipinos and Philippine History and not about Aquino vs Marcos.
Aquino is a nephew of the late Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino Jr., who was the principal political enemy of Marcos.
They were both belong to the Liberal Party (LP) before Marcos shifted to the Nationalista Party (NP) after President Diosdado Macapagal did not make good of their agreement that Marcos would run for President in 1965 and not he.
Macapagal ran, but lost to Marcos in the 1965 presidential elections.
Aquino’s grandfather, Benigno Aquino Sr., served as speaker of the national assembly and vice-president in the Second Republic of the Philippines during the occupation and control of the Japanese imperial army from 1942 – 1945.
Many Filipinos were killed.
Many women were raped.
But Aquino and Dr. Jose P. Laurel (the president) were never punished for the crimes they committed.
Hontiveros, the author of the resolution, said it was a “missed opportunity.”
“I am sad that the Senate missed the opportunity to defend the truth and our history from the Marcoses’ historical revisionism and negationism. It missed the chance to be on the side of real heroes,” Hontiveros.