June 29, 2011
Reaction of ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio to news reports quoting Pres. Benigno S. Aquino as saying that he would honor the agreement between former Pres. Fidel Ramos and the Marcos family to bury former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos with full military honors in Batac, Ilocos Norte (“That was the commitment of former President Ramos between the state and the (Marcos) family. So the decision, in effect, was already done before I even got into office.”):
We are dismayed to learn that Pres. Aquino has acceded to the proposal of Vice-Pres. Binay to grant a burial with full military honors to the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
In so doing he has failed a key test of leadership. He seeks to deflect full responsibility for his decision by pointing to former Pres. Fidel Ramos, who purportedly forged an agreement with the Marcos family to allow the remains of the dictator to be returned to the Philippines on condition that he be buried in Ilocos Norte.
First of all, as the son of the most prominent victim of Martial Law, PNoy is betraying his father’s memory along with those of thousands of other victims of the dictatorship, as well as their continuing search for justice.
Furthermore, in allowing burial with full military honors, PNoy will forever muddle the historic judgment that must be passed on Marcos and the Martial Law period. Marcos was a US-backed dictator, plunderer, and human rights violator. It is wrong for the state to give him any sort of public honors, including full military honors.
Lastly, the decision to bury Marcos with full military honors is solely PNoy’s, no matter how he tries to pass it off as a done deal. It is supremely ironic that PNoy is choosing to hide behind FVR, himself one of the most prominent implementors of Martial Law and instrumental in the rehabilitation of the political and economic fortunes of the Marcoses, their cronies and loyalists after the Corazon Aquino presidency.#