Category Archives: Ferdinand Marcos

COMMENTARY: What to expect in the constitutional drafting process

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/02 December) — Congress’ shift to Cha-Cha mode is happening soon. And the only way this does not eventuate at all is if Bongbong Marcos wins his election protest and becomes Vice-President. For I highly doubt Filipinos will ever agree to change the charter while there is a Marcos in Malacañang. Ironically, the […]

BATANG MINDANAW: Ordure of a buried wax

I know what you did. You can hide behind all that silver and gold, But I can see the ugly and rotten black behind All that made up beauty. I know what you did. You promised to make me happy, That with you I’ll never be lonely. I really thought you were the one, you know? I mean, it wasn’t that hard. I had always been easily attracted To brilliant minds, And boy, were you brilliant. How you made love to my brain. But the brain is a deceitful friend. Had I looked into your heart, I would have seen that you didn’t have one. I would have seen that inside you was A black hole that sucked everything good. Inside you was a Pandora’s box that released All evil out into the world. A man with his words And his nonexistent heart. A harbinger of pain and suffering. His brilliant mind disguised his dark insides. You have cheated me once. And now you’ve come back To cheat on me again. Now you’ve come back To revive the heartbreak You once gave me, As if the first time wasn’t hard enough. But like the last time, I will fight back. I will take back what is rightfully mine; Until I lose my breath; Until the last tooth and nail fall out. That day will come. Eventually. Until I no longer have to shed tears of pain, But of joy. Until the sun reflects Not the red of rage, But of love. So yes. Maybe your body can be buried. Maybe you can wear the fanciest, Whitest, Purest burial clothes. Maybe you can be placed in the grandest, Most intricate coffin. Maybe you can be given the Applause of 21 guns. But you cannot bury The anguish of the thousand mothers Who lost their children to a grim future […]

Marcos burial flouted the law — VP Robredo

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/18 November) — Vice President Leni Robredo hit the family of former president Ferdinand Marcos for hiding from public knowledge the burial Friday of the ousted strongman at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. In a statement, Robredo said the move showed disregard for the judicial process, referring to the motion for reconsideration at […]

TURNING POINT: A Villain in Hallowed Grounds

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/18 November) — Why should the interest of the nation be compromised to fulfill a political promise intended to lure votes from a jaded political dynasty and local interest groups? President Duterte may be stretching his luck to the breaking point on the issue of burying whatever is left of the remains […]

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: In elections near and far, a distant hope in a dialogue of restorative justice

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Nov) – Last week, I re-posted the comment of a Muslim friend here in Mindanao, Philippines, with his critical perspective on the decision by the Supreme Court last week to allow the burial of Ferdinand Marcos (FM) in the Philippines’ National Heroes Cemetery. This was based on his personal experience of the […]

CPP to Duterte: Don’t mind paying debt to Marcoses

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/12 November) — The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has “advised” President Rodrigo Duterte against proceeding with giving a hero’s burial for ousted strongman Ferdinand Marcos “in exchange for financial and political support” from his family during the election. “The GRP President Duterte must be advised against proceeding with such a plan. […]

Defense chief says AFP to render 21-gun salute to FM

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/12 November) — Ousted strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos will be given a 21-gun salute should his family’s wish to have him buried at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani push through, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday. Lorenzana said the burial will not be a state funeral but will follow the military […]

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Thanks but no thanks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 November) — In an ironic sort of way, I should feel a deep sense of gratitude to the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos now considered by no less than the members of the distinguished Supreme Court justices as one Filipino our people should consider truly a hero.  (Will they next approve a budget […]