The Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, who served as president of a dictatorial regime from 1972 until 1981, was interred in a Heroes’ Cemetery on November 18th, 2016. Although groups petitioned for the cancellation of this internment, on August 8th, 2017 the Supreme Court finally decided to affirm the ruling authorizing the Hero’s burial. With Marcos’ regime having left behind a record of 70,000 people imprisoned, 34,000 tortured, and 3,240 killed from the Martial Law era (Amnesty International as cited in Rappler, 2016), it is called for to dissect this issue and the decision of the incumbent Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, to grant a hero’s burial to the said dictator-president. With lessons learned from this critical issue, may the Philippine nation be more prudent in the future in passing such divisive policies and actions especially those that may revise the country’s history.
The full article can be accessed at https://policyblog.uni-graz.at/2017/09/heros-burial-of-president-marcos-of-the-philippines/
Published originally on 13 September 2017 at Conflict, Peace and Democracy (CPD) Policy Blog of the University of Graz (Austria)
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