Harry Roque files bill renaming Libingan ng Mga Bayani

Kabayan Party-list Representative Harry L. Roque filed a bill on Wednesday seeking to rename the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (LNMB) to Libingan ng Mga Bayani at Mga Dating Pangulo.

Roque filed  House Bill 3287 in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to bury the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the LNMB.

“It appears that the Duterte administration, barring a Supreme Court permanent injunction, is intent on interring the remains of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani,” he said in his exploratory note.

“By renaming the ‘Libingan ng Mga Bayani’ to ‘Libingan ng Mga Bayani at Mga Dating Pangulo,’ we can defer from judging whether a former President was or was not a ‘hero.’ Let the people’s memory be the judge – not the whims of a certain administration,” he added.

Roque said the planned burial “is causing massive unrest among Filipinos who question the heroism of former President Marcos, given the human rights record of the Martial Law years.”

“From both a legal and moral standpoint, many Filipinos, especially victims of the evils of Martial Law, question the propriety of burying Marcos at the LNMB,” he said.

“The State, in the spirit of democratic deliberation, may address the simmering controversy through the People’s representatives in Congress, through a legislative act that honors the memories of those who suffered under Martial Law as well as affords a former President of the Republic a final resting place for his remains,” Roque added.

Statement of Rep. Harry L. Roque on President Duterte’s threat to withdraw the Philippines’ membership from the United Nations

The threat of President Duterte to withdraw the Philippines’ membership from the United Nations (UN) is impulsive, imprudent, and contrary to the interests of the nation.

The UN is an organization that embodies fundamental principles of international peace and cooperation. The Philippines has relied on the UN and its Charter in its defense against China’s threats of force and attempts at unlawful interventions. It is an understatement to say that the Philippines needs the UN today more than it ever has.  Aside from the fact that no State has ever successfully withdrawn from the UN, or had any legitimate reason to do so, repudiating ties with the United Nations will only weaken the Philippine position on foreign affairs.

The Philippines has worked very hard over the past few weeks to gather international support for the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration over the West Philippine Sea. Withdrawing from the UN or threatening to do so only strengthens China’s rhetoric that the UN and its subsidiary institutions are illegitimate.

Moreover, membership in the UN provides significant protection to the Philippines against in its international disputes. Chapter 6 of the UN Charter allows members to bring any dispute to the attention of the Security Council or the General Assembly. In light of the increasing tensions with China, we would be losing means of peacefully settling our disputes by revoking our membership.

Finally, one cannot discount the symbolic and diplomatic significance of UN membership. Whereas many nations all over the world are struggling to be recognized as independent States, the Philippines is fortunate to have the recognition of the international community. To turn away from such the community over a series of internal affairs would be truly regrettable.  Withdrawal from the UN is not something that should be taken lightly for it could bring about disastrous consequences for the country. Moving forward, the President should be more circumspect in making statements that could potentially have adverse effects on our foreign diplomatic relations and territorial integrity.

Statement on the South China Sea Arbitration (The Republic of the Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China)

Photo from the webpage of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)

Photo from the webpage of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)

The ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration is a very big win for the Philippines, and I believe the Court applied letter and spirit of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in its decision. Since the Juridical Regime of Historic Waters is not among the maritime zones under the UNCLOS, China cannot invoke the nine-dash-line clam as a valid legal basis for its maritime expansion in the West Philippine Sea.

Nonetheless, the ruling does not settle the entirety of the dispute as it involves claims to islands, which is beyond the jurisdiction of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).

We should return to the negotiating table with China, take advantage of the ruling of the Court, and settle once and for all the issue of conflicting claims within the Spratly Islands.

The decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration itself will facilitate an early settlement of the issue because none of the islands can generate an Exclusive Economic Zone of 200 nautical miles, which will make the process of negotiation a lot easier.

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