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President Rodrigo Duterte's decision of allowing the former President Ferdinand Marcos to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani have urged many to stand up to express their strong opposition and Senator Francis Pangilinan is amongst them.
The senator vocally expressed his disapproval with strong words implying that the burial is sending the young Filipinos a wrong message.
"Burying a murderer and a thief in the Libingan ng mga Bayani is not moving on, it is teaching our children to honor murderers and plunderers."
"It is not going to heal the nation nor will it unite us, it will only deeply divide us, reopen deep wounds of those who suffered, causing them to relive the gnawing pain and memory of loved ones jailed, tortured, murdered, salvaged or who disappeared because of the tyranny and oppression of the dictatorship."
After the death of the former President, his body was brought back to his hometown and was laid in an enclosed glass casket waiting for the time the nation will allow his remains to fully rest in peace in the heroes' cemetery.
"At this point in the history of our country where Filipinos are starting to hope again, what our nation need is unity in order for our country to succeed socially, economically and politically. Hence, such a sensitive issue would not help but only divide our people and reopen wounds of the past that up to now, were not completely healed."