No State Honors for Marcos

There will be no state funeral or any kind of state honors for the toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos under the Aquino administration, President Benigno Aquino III said.

President Benigno Aquino (left) says there will be no state funeral or any kind of state honors for the late Ferdinand Marcos whose remains lie in an airconditioned glass case in Batac, Ilocos Norte.

Aquino said before the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines that the victims of martial law have yet to be accorded any apology or compensation.

“It will be the height of injustice to render any state honors to the direct mastermind of all their suffering,” the President said.

“I will not be sanctioning a burial for the late President Marcos,” he said.

Early this year, Aquino asked Vice President Jejomar Binay to study Marcos’ burial and recommend how the long-divisive issue could finally be settled. Aquino had refused to decide alone on the issue, saying he would naturally be biased.

Binay in June recommended that former Marcos should not be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani but that full military honors could be accorded if he is laid to rest in his northern political stronghold instead.

His flamboyant widow, Imelda, has long pushed for the burial of her husband in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery) in Taguig City, but has been opposed by pro-democracy and left-wing groups, which have accused the late dictator of plundering the nation’s coffers and of massive human rights violations during his two-decade rule.

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