By Marlon Purificacion | People's Journal -
SENATOR Bongbong Marcos has expressed gratitude to Sorsogon Rep. Salvador Escudero III, along with 192 congressmen who signed a proposed resolution urging President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III to allow the burial of his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cong. Sonny Escudero. You see, he’s very quiet work quasi he has been going around collecting these signatures without really telling any of us,” the young senator said.
He appreciated what Escudero done for the sake of the Marcos family, despite the fact that the present administration is known to be an “enemy” in the politics of their clan.
“Basta inikot na lang niya ang kanyang resolution and I think they have passed 200 signatures already. I thank all of the congressmen who signed in favor and in support of the burial of my father in the Libigan ng mga Bayani,” he added.
Escudero, father of Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, a known ally of the P-Noy-Binay administration, served as agriculture minister during the Marcos regime.
“Allowing the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani will not only be an acknowledgment of the way he led a life as a Filipino patriot, but it will also be a magnanimous act of reconciliation,” the resolution read.
Among the lawmakers who signed the resolution were the late strongman’s wife, Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, and her nephew, Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez.
Former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her sons, Ang Galing Pinoy party-list Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo and Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado Arroyo, also signed the resolution. Celebrity lawmakers Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla and Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez were also signatories to the resolution.
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. did not sign Escudero’s resolution.
Marcos said the overwhelming signatures of the congressmen is a big help for Marcos family.
“Whether or not it will be officially given him, I think he will certainly take due notice of the fact that the majority of the congressmen have singed in favor of my father’s burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” he added.
He is also optimistic that a counter-part resolution in the Senate will be approved favorably in the next opening of session.
“Let’s see where it goes. I don’t know because if you know were in in a middle now of a consolation with Vice President (Jejomar) Binay on this subject. What will be best, it it will help the negotiations or help the discussion or move it forward, more quickly maybe I’ll do that but otherwise, we’ll use the resolution came from the House,” he stressed.