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Tuesday, November 15, 2016



 27 years has swiftly passed but the issue about  former president  Marcos' burial to the  Libingan ng mga Bayani  is still a hot issue. 
The Supreme Court has released a decision [after the long oral arguments] allowing the former presidents' burial at the LNMB but oppositions are still rising.

In a Facebook post, Senator Sonny Angara stated that the matter is best to be decided by the people through a referendum.
 The facebook post reads:
This is a very divisive and emotional issue as seen by the discussion in the past few days, leading up to the Supreme Court decision and the days afterwards.
It is an issue uniquely suited to be decided not by the politicians but by our people in a national referendum.
This has been my position in my public life for the last 13 years through three (3) presidents and three (3) administrations.
The Libingan ng mga Bayani was established according to RA 289 originally called the Republic Memorial Cemetery, it states that the cemetery, originally for soldiers is supposed to commemorate the "Presidents, national heroes, and patriots for the inspiration and emulation of this generation and generations still unborn."
So definitely, this is not an empty debate and a debate not properly suited for the Senate hall. It is a larger debate that we must throw out to our countrymen like all political debates and like all democracies. Because there are so many questions to be answered. For example, why did we pass RA 10368, The Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, where we state in the declaration of policy: "It is hereby declared the policy of the state to recognize the heroism and sacrifices of all Filipinos who were victims of summary execution, torture and forced or involuntary disappearance and other gross human rights violations committed during the regime of former President Marcos covering the period from September 21, 1972 to February 25, 1986 and restored the victims’ honor and dignity. The state hereby acknowledges its moral and legal obligation to recognize and/or provide reparation to said victims and/or their families for the deaths, injuries, sufferings, deprivations, and damages they suffered under the regime." That is part of a Republic Act that has been adopted by our public institutions. That’s a decision we have already consciously made.
I do believe in national healing and I do believe that Gov. Imee’s apology is a good first step but I do feel that the wounds are still a bit raw – the history has not been fully written on these chapters of Martial Law.
We owe it to our people to hear the stories of torture, of disappearances.

That’s why, of the many issues that are important in our public life, I feel it is only through a national referendum that we can move on from this issue.

Referendum by definition is the general vote by the electorate on a single political question that has been referred to them for a direct decision. Meaning the majority of the votes will decide if the former president will be finally buried at the LNMB or otherwise.