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Bishop Bastes: Marcos burial at Libingan is insult to nation

NAGA CITY, August 9, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes strongly opposed the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in September.

Bishop Arturo Bastes
Photo via CBCP
This, the prelate said, "is a great insult for the nation to include this dictator among the heroes."

"I am sure that in the long run, both Duterte and the Marcos family will regret that they insisted on burying the dictator there for the majority of Filipinos will never cease in their opposition to the burial," Bastes said.

"More shame will befall on the Marcos family,” he warned.

Bastes' sentiment is echoed by a group of Bicolanos who created a page on social network Facebook called "Bako sa Lubungan nin mga Bayani" (Not at the Libingan ng mga Bayani) (https://www.facebook.com/bakongbayani).

"We, the people of Kabikolan, vehemently object to the plan to bury former Philippine dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

The Libingan ng mga Bayani is the final resting place of our “national heroes and patriots for the inspiration and emulation of this generation and of generations still unborn.” (Republic Act No. 289)

Marcos gives a lie to all the characteristics of a bayani as someone who establishes, nurtures, stabilizes, protects, and maintains nationhood," the group's statement reads.

"By all means, bury the dictator at last. But for the sake of our people’s best values for which our heroes died, and for the historical consciousness that is truly what will make our nation great again, do not bury him at the Libingan ng mga Bayani," it adds.

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