On the Burial of Former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani As we speak, preparations are being carried on to bu...
On the Burial of Former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani
As we speak, preparations are being carried on to bury the Former President Ferdinand Marcos, who is responsible for numerous atrocities during his regime, in Libingan ng mga Bayani (LMNB) which a place dedicated to honor our heroic brethren. Our nation is once again divided according to “those who forgot” and “those who remember”. His atrocities include extra judicial killings, unresolved disappearances, plunder of the nation’s wealth, and torture of heinous sorts to the tens of thousands. His projects of progress could not compensate the pillage he has done to our country. His achievements do not justify the moral violations he wrought upon the Filipino people.
As recipients of the formation from a Jesuit Institution, we are to stand according to our values and principles, take the preferential option for the poor, and act according to faith that does justice. We stand for human dignity; we value life and disapprove of any means that violates the latter. We stand for truth; we denounce historical revisionism that may confuse us of valuable lessons from the past. We stand for justice; we value moral lessons and we do not reward wrongdoings by making it seem right. We stand for solidarity; we sympathize towards those who were victimized and to their families who never received closure. We stand for peace; we remember the past that it may inculcate in us an understanding that transcends all.
How can there be forgiveness when there is no remorse? How can we make amends on something which never had the proper closure nor proper acknowledgement of wrongdoing?Burying Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani will not heal our wounded nation.
Forty four years after Martial Law, we have not forgotten and we refuse to forget. The XU-CSG stands firm - no to the burial of Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani!
Released on 21 September on the 44th Anniversary of the Imposition of Martial Law in the Philippines