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“Respect the Rights Even of Your Enemies” — Ninoy Aquino

Quoting PNoy’s DEFENSE Secretary Voltaire Gazmin: “Regulation No. 161-375 dated Sept. 11 2000 lists those who are qualified to be interred in the Libingan in Fort Bonifacio, including former presidents and military officers, and Medal of Valor awardees. Marcos is a recipient of the Medal of Valor, highest military decoration for bravery and gallantry in combat, for a feat in Bataan during World War II. My personal view is it’s (burial at Libingan) in the regulation.” Two hundred nineteen Congressmen, about 3/4 of the entire Lower House, have signed the resolution urging PNoy to allow the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the LNMB. The majority of Senators including former AFP officers Trillanes and Honassan and former Defense Secretary Enrile have stated that Marcos has the right to be buried there. And according to Binay’s survey, 71% of Filipinos agree to Marcos’ burial in LNMB. That it is his RIGHT to be buried there is already, now, a given.

PNoy often likes to recall what his father supposedly told him in a letter he wrote from his cell in Fort Bonifacio, and he quotes him with a reverential expression and tone of voice that attempts to suggest profundity: “respect the rights even of your enemies.” I’m not sure why he takes pride in what he implies to be the one greatest lesson taught to him by his father because it’s the one he obviously has chosen to ignore. Can he actually discern the contradiction between his belief in being one that respects the rights of “even your enemies” and the action he has taken on the rights of former President Ferdinand Marcos who has been adjudged qualified for burial at LNMB as confirmed by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, himself a former Commanding General of the Philippine Army. PNoy seems sincere in both contradictory instances making it more worrisome because this may require not just political observation but clinical observation.

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