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Still no Libingan ng mga Bayani for late dictator Marcos if Roxas wins

Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas believes that former President Ferdinand Marcos should not be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

"Hindi," Roxas said in a radio interview on Wednesday.

"Wala pa tayong closure eh," he added.

Roxas added that the people should decide whether or not Marcos should be buried at the heroes' cemetery.

"Natutuwa ba tayo sa nangyari noong Martial Law? Ano nangyari doon, di ba? Bayani ba siya? Kung bayani siya at napagpasyahan ng sambayanan na bayani sya, eh di doon siya sa Libingan ng mga Bayani," Roxas said.

"So hindi kinakailangan na maging pangulo ka para maging bayani, at hindi rin ibig sabihin na dahil naging pangulo ka ay bayani ka," he said.

According to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Regulation G 161-373 or "The allocation of Cemetery Plots at the LNMB" issued on April 9, 1986 by then President Corazon Aquino and then Armed Forces chief of staff General Fidel Ramos, deceased persons who can be interred at the Libingan are the following:

  • Medal of Valor Awardees
  • President of the Philippines as the Commander-in-Chief of the AFP
  • Secretary of National Defense
  • Chief of Staff of the AFP
  • Generals/Flag Officers of the AFP
  • Active and retired military personnel of the AFP
  • former AFP members who laterally entered and joined the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)
  • Veterans of the Philippine Revolution of 1896, the First and Second World War, as well as recognized guerillas, government dignitaries, statesmen, national artists and other deceased persons whose interment or re-interment has been approved by the Commander-in-Chief, Congress or the Secretary of National Defense
  • Former Presidents, Secretaries of National Defense, Chiefs of Staff
  • Widows of former Presidents

—Trisha Macas/NB, GMA News