9 November 2016 - Women’s partylist group Gabriela has expressed its condemnation of the Supreme Court Decision to allow the burial of the late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani as a desecration of the people’s uprising at EDSA that led to Marcos’ ouster in 1986.
Gabriela Rep. Emmi De Jesus, herself a victim of illegal detention and torture during the Marcos dictatorship said the decision mars the memory of those who were killed, went missing and those who were violated during Martial Law. “Masakit ang desisyong ito ng Korte Suprema at pinakukulo nito ang dugo naming mga biktima ng karahasan noong Batas Militar. Hindi lamang nito binubuksan ang mga sugat naming na hindi mahilom dahil sa kawalan ng hustisya, tila binubudburan pa ito ng asin.”
The Gabriela solon further said Marcos was responsible for putting the Philippines deep in debt, kowtowing to every whim of the US government and awarding huge transactions to cronies that further entrenched a few families in power.
Fellow Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas for her part said the task to educate the youth on the horrors of Martial Law is now even greater as the Supreme Court decision sends the wrong message to Filipino youth.
“We do not want future generations to think that the plunder of government funds and the violation of rights are acts worthy of praise and emulation. Marcos was a corrupt and fascist dictator. The Supreme Court decision sends the wrong message to the youth.”
“The SC decision based solely on shallow policy that in fact violates the spirit of the 1987 Constitution further divides the nation despite claims that this ushers a time of healing and reconciliation. The SC decision is unjust and there can be no reconciliation without justice.”