Admiration & a hero's burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos

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  1. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    Torture victims ask: 'Healing without justice, forgiveness sans apology?'

    9 Nov 2016

    Over three decades after the regime of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, victims of alleged human rights abuses under his Martial Law rule continue to cry for justice and apology from the strongman's family. Thousands of Martial Law victims held mass actions across the country on Tuesday, lamenting a Supreme Court ruling that allowed the burial of Marcos at the Heroes' Cemetery -- a condonation, they said, of the abuses committed by the Marcos regime. Among the protesters was Bonifacio Ilagan, a youth activist who was tortured and imprisoned from 1974 to 1976. He insisted Wednesday that martial law victims will never be able to move on from the horrors of the authoritarian regime as long as the Marcoses refuse to apologize to them.


    Ilagan was a 23-year-old student activist at the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños when he was arrested from his house in Novaliches, together with journalist Jose Lacaba. He said he and Lacaba were beaten black and blue before being brought to Camp Crame, the headquarters of the now-defunct Philippine Constabulary. For the next two years, Ilagan suffered "systematic torturing" at the hands of state forces ... They inserted a stick into my genitals, they put a hot iron to my feet and I peed blood after several days of torture ... Ilagan's sister, Rizalina, was also abducted, tortured, and raped before becoming one of thousands of desaparecidos or victims of forced disappearance.

    And Duterte wants to give the animal responsible for these atrocities an honorable burial in the Heroes' Cemetery.
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  2. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    Marcos is dead, you blathering fool. Who's going to try whom for what in what court?

    Duterte: Is Marcos a hero? It depends

    9 November 2016

    ... President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said whether or not the ousted dictator is a hero depends on the beholder. “His being a hero? Well it depends on the beholder,” Duterte said during the press briefing before his departure for Thailand and Malaysia visits. Duterte said Marcos' alleged sins during the Martial Law period, which have been documented and included in history books, have yet to be proven by a court. He added that allegations on ill-gotten wealth are also a different case.

    The Presidential Commission on Good Government reported in 2016 that it had recovered P170 billion in ill-gotten wealth from the Marcoses and the late president's cronies.

    “It has to have history ... [Martial law victims], it was a contention really of a political fight initially then turned sour because of the power struggle of the ruling political families in this country. It almost deteriorated into something almost like revolution— that part of the sins of Marcos has yet to be proven by a competent court,” Duterte said.

    Duterte said that what happened during Marcos' New Society cannot be judged because, he said, there are various versions of stories during the Marcos regime. He said others write about those who were jailed while others also mentioned great things that happened during the late president’s term like discipline and cleanliness.

    The president, however, said Marcos “lost control of the governmental machinery for being sick.”
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