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Presidential bet Mar Roxas expressed on Wednesday that he does not believe former President Ferdinand Marcos should be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Grave).

“Wala pa tayong closure eh (We haven’t had closure),” GMA News Online cited Roxas’ statement in a radio interview with DZMM.

Former President Ferdinand Marcos was the brain behind the Martial Law dictatorship that ruled the Philippines for over 20 years. Marcos has been widely criticized for allegations of a plethora of human rights abuses at the time.

“Natutuwa ba tayo sa nangyari noong Martial Law? Ano nangyari doon, di ba? Bayani ba siya?”

(Were we happy about what happened during the Martial Law? Whatever happened there, right? Was he a hero?)

“Kung bayani siya at napagpasyahan ng sambayanan na bayani sya, eh di doon siya sa Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Roxas added saying the public should decide whether or not Marcos deserves a spot in the heroes’ cemetery in Taguig City.

(If he’s a hero then let the citizens decide he’s one, then we’ll bring his remains to the Heroes

  • Valor medal awardees
  • President of the Philippines as the Commander-in-Chief of the AFP
  • Department of National Defense Secretary
  • AFP Chief of Staff
  • AFP Generals
  • Active and retired military staff of the AFP
  • former AFP members who laterally entered and joined the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)
  • Veterans of the Philippine Revolution of 1896, the First and Second World War, as well as recognized guerillas
  • government dignitaries, statesmen, national artists and other deceased persons whose interment or re-interment has been approved by the Commander-in-Chief, Congress or the Secretary of National Defense
  • Former Presidents, Secretaries of National Defense, Chiefs of Staff
  • Widows of former Presidents
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