On Thursday, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, asserted that the burial of her father at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) does not make him a hero.
“It’s not a crusade. It doesn’t make him a hero. At the end of the day, we have to judge that by other means. It’s just complying with what your dad wanted,” Imee said. She adds, “For us, it’s quite simple, there’s no big statement that he’s now become a national hero or anything like that.”
The interment, which had been proposed by President Rodrigo Duterte, was met by numerous criticisms and protests. Survivors of rights abuses during the Martial Law tried to block the funeral through petitions but were all junked by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Imee reiterates that the family does not long for their father to be given state honors befitting a former president. “We just want a simple soldier’s burial – yung pangkaraniwang paglilibing sa kawal dahil yun ang gusto niya. Sa amin, kaunti lang kasi hinihingi ng tatay ko. He’s a very simple, rather austere man.”
She believes that her father deserves to be buried at the Heroes’ Cemetery due to his eligibility as he falls under the “categories of having been president, having been a soldier, a Medal of Valor guy, and also the Secretary of National Defense.”
Imee said she wishes for the younger generation to hear their side of the story for them to be able to decide for themselves.
“Naririnig natin, puro masasama. Okay lang yun, narinig na natin yun. Pero for the new generation and the future and for history, can we put it all on record as well, then let them judge. Let them judge. This is an extremely intelligent millennial generation and I think they will make the right call.”