THE late strongman Ferdinand Marcos’ burial with full military honors in Ilocos Norte loomed Friday after his son, Marcos Jr., said it would be a good compromise.
He made the statement after Vice President Jejomar Binay supposedly made the suggestion but declined to comment on it.
The Marcoses have been pressing to have the patriarch, who ruled the country for 14 years but was forced to flee following the people power revolution in 1986, buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani or Heroes’ Cemetery.
But many people disagree—including the victims of Marcos’ martial law rule—and that moved President Benigno Aquino III, son of assassinated former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., to ask Binay to decide on the matter.
“It would seem to be a reasonable compromise. That’s a good compromise,” Marcos told reporters. He did not express surprise at Binay’s supposed recommendation.
“We don’t want to create problems,” Marcos said.
“We would just like to bury our father in a way that he deserved.”
Marcos said his father’s burial would present an opportunity to unite the country, but his family still thought Marcos should be buried at the Heroes’ Cemetery as a former president and a bemedalled soldier.
The Marcoses renewed their appeal to have the patriarch buried at the Libingan revived their appeal to have Marcos buried at the Libingan after Angelo Reyes, a former defense secretary and Armed Forces chief, was buried there in February following his suicide as a result of the graft charges against him.
Ferdinand Jr. said his family would likely meet with Binay this weekend to discuss his recommendation.
“Lets see where it takes us,” he said.
“I don’t know how much room there is to negotiate.”