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Protesters refuse to bury hatred

12:01 AM December 05, 2016

The Supreme Court decision allowing the Marcos burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani is right. The majority of the justices conformed with the law and did not allow themselves to be swayed by partisan emotions.

We have to admit the fact that martial law was declared because of the atrocities and chaos brought about by attempts to grab power.

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Ferdinand Marcos was never convicted of any criminal act. The Presidential Commission on Good Government was formed to recover the allegedly ill-gotten Marcos wealth purportedly for the benefit of martial law victims. But there has never been a detailed report on how the

recovered wealth has been used for the people’s benefits, if at all it was spent for the purpose.

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Those who are objecting to the burial appear to never tire of being vindictive and, until now, continuously demonize a dead person who could no longer defend himself.

Marcos has the right to rest in peace in a place of his choice. He chose the Libingan for his final resting place. Nobody can stop his family from giving him his last wish—unless that is barred by an existing law.

Marcos loyalists compose the silent majority of Filipinos whose votes are their only way of acquitting the Marcoses of the vicious accusations that have been hurled, and are still being hurled, against them.

The protesters may be vociferous, but they are few in number. All they want is to

oppress the Marcoses and sow division in our nation, instead of burying hatred which they themselves created.

In Marcos’ burial in the heroes’ cemetery, justice prevailed. Let us all respect it so we can put an end to the political divide that has been haunting our nation.

The country is facing far more pressing problems than the burial issue. Instead of delving into a dead issue, we should unite. Let the dead rest in peace.

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ARSENIA V. AVILA, Fairview, Quezon City

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