Dishonoring our nation, our heroes
On Monday, while the rest of the nation ignored or mourned the 100th birthday of Ferdinand Marcos, the dictator’s family hosted a celebration at the Heroes’ Cemetery. Imelda Marcos and her family invited the diplomatic corps as well as high government officials, even including members of the opposition, to the ceremony.
The Marcoses are not putting closure to the controversy surrounding both dictator and dictatorship, but rather opening a new, revised chapter in the country’s history.
That the Marcoses could even attempt this whitewashing — in a cemetery designated a “national shrine,” bodyguarded by the same Army that Marcos turned into a weapon against his own people, under the legal aegis of a Supreme Court decision — gives the lie to the rationalization of that unfortunate ruling.
The Court ruled that the Libingan ng Mga Bayani was not the national heroes’ cemetery. The Marcoses and their supporters lost no time in treating the Libingan the way ordinary Filipinos see it, as the final resting place for heroes.
And that is why we had that sorry spectacle on Monday: honors paid at the national heroes’ cemetery, for a man whose career dishonored both nation and its true heroes.