August 15, 2017

NUSP opposes planned burial of Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) vehemently expresses its opposition to the Duterte administration’s proposal to bury the remains of Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. NUSP stands firm that the late dictator is a traitor to the Filipino people and deserves no hero’s burial.

President Duterte said that he would allow this to pass simply because Marcos was a soldier during the Second World War. However, even the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) has expressed dissent on the matter. The NHCP has stated Marcos’ military record is chockfull of actual inconsistencies, lies, and self-serving myths. Nevertheless, a hero’s burial based solely on his service as a soldier would be unwise and insensitive.

“The gravity of his crimes against the Filipino people should never be forgotten. It would be a grave injustice to exalt an individual whose legacy is made up of widespread atrocities which victimized no less than a hundred thousand Filipinos, including the youth and student leaders,” NUSP spokesperson Kevin Castro said.

“Let us not forget that he ushered in a dark period in the history of the youth and student movement – one of extreme repression and reactionary violence. Democratic rights were stifled as university student councils, publications, and organizations were shut down. All forms of dissent forcibly were suppressed leading to the assassination and enforced disappearance of many student leaders,” Castro added.

Ultimately, this proposal to bury Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani is an affront to the sacrifices made by the martyrs and the victims of Martial Law who still long for justice. Student leaders were tortured and imprisoned due to their militant and collective campaign for the fall of the dictator. Some were even deemed as desaparecidos, many were brutally murdered by the state forces under the command of Marcos.

“It completely glosses over the Marcosian legacy of plunder, economic sabotage, state terrorism and the fascist abuse of the citizenry. It glorifies the traitor of democracy – the man responsible for trampling on the will of the Filipino people when he declared Martial Law. It neglects the fact that so many of our nation’s best and brightest had to give up their young lives in the struggle for freedom,” Castro ended.

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