Rep. Salceda: Respect Duterte's decision on Marcos burial

LEGAZPI CITY August 9, 2016 (Bicol Standard) -- "How do you solve a problem like Ferdie: Respect the President's decision to bury Marcos in LNMB," Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda said in a statement this morning.

Rep. Joey Salceda
Citing the regulations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Salceda underscored that "former presidents, secretaries of defense, dignitaries, statesmen, national artists, widows of former presidents, secretaries of national defense and chief of staff" are qualified to be interred at the cemetery.

The exemption is "those who have been dishonorably discharged from service, or personnel convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude, do not qualify for interment at the cemetery," he said.

But Salceda pointed out that Marcos died before he can be convicted.

"I have consistently fought Marcos even when I was just in the seminary ingesting all I could from the NASSA. When I went to college, I was a protege of PDSP founder Fr./Dr. Archie Intengan who while teaching Theology of Liberation - spotted me when he asked the question on how we should reform society, and I raised my hand and answered quite spontaneously - social legislation. I worked under Roy Oliveros as political officer under FFW organizing unions and strikes. Right after college, I was active in San Pablo organizing student councils. I was actually an early member of PDP Laban in San Pablo in 1984. In 1985, even became STR Chairman of Bandila. My youth group led by Danny Yang (who became Vice Mayor but was assassinated) worked with Pakisama in organizing coconut farmers in Quezon, Batangas and Laguna. Even while I was an assistant branch manager of a financing company, I was active in the Cory Aquino for President Movement. And we campaigned throughout Southern Tagalog esp. in the Bondoc Peninsula. We organized and mobilized every day during the EDSA Revolution," he explained.

"I respect and ask our people to respect the decision and the executive prerogative of our President in executing the law [...] and in balancing the interests of society including those of future generations," Salceda said.

Marcos is scheduled to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in September.

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