Fil-Ams support, protest Marcos burial
by Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN News
ATHERTON, CA – Thousands of miles away from the Philippines, these kababayans continue to pray for their home country.
But on this afternoon, they celebrated a mass of thanksgiving.
Fil-Ams joined in prayer to thank god for the successful burial of former president and dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, in the Libingan ng mga Bayani Heroes’ Cemetery.
As many Filipinos celebrate the burial, they are also well aware of the protests happening around the world.
“To keep on bringing back those things, it’s really just too much, and it makes me question what the real purpose is,” said Marcos supporter Jojo Castro Alonto. “Look, we’re going down this same things again – is it the Aquinos against the Marcos? Let’s stop all this crap. Let’s be Christians, for one thing.”
“What is lacking in their argument is the virtue and forgiveness,” added supporter Joey de Ocampo. “Now, if we follow their line of argument, then they are following the line of condemnation.”
Colonel Irwin Ver, the son of General Fabian Ver, former chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines under President Marcos, says many anti-Marcos protesters continue to overlook the positive contributions that the former president has provided for their home country.
“[Marcos] made sure there was a pan-Philippine highway that connected at least all the three major groupings of the islands,” Col. Ver told ABS-CBN. “Until now, the number of classrooms has not been surpassed, and unfortunately, it’s still the same classrooms that are being used today.”
“The other thing, socially of course, is that [President Marcos] made sure the Philippines did not become a communist [nation].”
Current President Rodrigo Duterte, who supported the burial, says that hopefully now that the process is complete, and the country can now fully heal.
“That’s part of democracy – they have all the rights to express their grievances, release their emotions. Many of them are really patient, but I feel that history will vindicate President Marcos,” Ver said.
Divisions remain as a formal appeal has been lodged at the Philippine Supreme Court to reverse the decision to bury Marcos, and protests continue worldwide.