Today, I am Ashamed of My Country

On November 8, 2016, the Supreme Court of the Philippines allowed the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani — our Heroes’ Cemetery.

Today, the Supreme Court announced that they are allowing a thief and dictator to have his remains moved to a sacred place for our heroes. This man, who ordered to torture thousands. Who took violation of human rights to great heights. Whose greed caused unspeakable suffering to the citizens he has sworn to lead.

This man, who was comparable to Hitler in the crimes he committed against his fellowmen, is most likely going to be buried with the heroes who fought with blood, sweat, and tears, to protect the same people he abused and tortured.

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Today, I am ashamed of the decision of the Supreme Court. Marcos is no hero. Yes, he was a member of the Armed Forces. He was a soldier. A legislator. A president. But he died a thief. He died a human rights violator. He died a man banished from his own country because of the crimes he committed against it — and he wasn’t even sorry for his actions.

Our Supreme Court failed us. But let us never forget the pages in our history that this man stained. Today, the Philippines lost a battle, but we can still win this war by not allowing his atrocities to be erased from our books. Let us tell our children and grandchildren about the atrocities that this so-called “hero” committed. We should never forget.

Ferdinand Marcos is NOT a hero. He never was. He never will be.

To the victims of the Martial Law, and the families that suffered with them, I am very sorry for this political circus. You deserve more than this. I will stand by you when we say Never Again. #MarcosNOTaHero

 

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