Harry Roque files bill renaming Libingan ng Mga Bayani

Libingan ng mga Bayani (photo by Jsinglador, Creative Common)

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.

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