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He pointed out to the members of the Aquino family.
“Alam mo kasi, kung ginusto nila – and they were already in power at the time, itong mga yellow – dapat nagpasa sila ng batas na hindi puwedeng ilibing si Marcos when the guy was already in Guam in exile. They should have passed a law prohibiting Marcos if ever he comes home dead to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani….But nothing has been done. Bakit kinalimutan ang elementary procedure na ‘yan?” said Duterte.
The late senator Benigno Aquino Jr fought the Marcos dictatorship, leading to his assassination. His wife former president Corazon Aquino became the symbol of the 1986 People Power Revolution that toppled Marcos out of office and became the first woman to be president in the country.
The president claims that if he did not allow the burial, he would be disobeying the law.
“I am a president and I’ve sworn my duty to follow the law, not to follow the sentiments of a political side of the other side of the fence,” he said.
Several critics said Marcos was no soldier, with alleged fake war medals, thousands of tortured victims, and a massive amount of the nation’s wealth stolen by his family during his dictatorship.
However, Duterte disagrees.
“Just focus on whether he is a Filipino. He fought for his country, and he’s once upon a time a president. That’s the law! We cannot go out of the law….Nobody is questioning about his [being] a hero [or not]. I am not dwelling on his exploits,” he added. MJM
Duterte: the Aquinos should have passed a law against Marcos burial while in power Reviewed by FilipiNews PH on Friday, August 12, 2016 Rating: