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By Juan Mercado September 30,2014

“Chiz, your “Heart” is not in the right place.”

Phil  Cruz emailed that in reaction to the  “Macabre Joke” column the  Inquirer published  on September 27 which  discussed    Senator Francisco Escudero’s proposal to bury   the embalmed remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos  at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani.  Come February, the senator is to marry fiancee Heart Evangelista.

Escudero brushed aside 3,275 extra judicial killings under “New Society.”  Marcos was a former head of state and solider, he said.  These justify a Libingan burial, as “it’d end all open wounds in our society so the nation can move forward faster.”

Here are excerpts from some of other  reactions to Senator  Escudero’s proposal.  We’ve thrashed the libelous.

“If the corpse of  Ferdinand  Marcos Sr. will be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, it means he is forgiven,” wrote Impostor.  “That will show that it is okay to corrupt as long as you share a little piece of the loot  with the chosen people.”

“Chiz, you will not get my vote because of your stand on Marcos burial,” Virgo Yap wrote.  “You  didn’t know how much we have suffered during the Marcos reign of terror.”
Reread your history please  senator,  regarding Ferdinand Marcos, Kirby suggested. “It’s only then you  can  tell the Filipino people if this dictator deserves to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

But  “I guess you are too young to remember what this President and his spouse Imelda Romualdez-Marcos inflicted on our country. Your late father  Rep. Salvador Escudero  was  a known crony of the late dictator, and it’s  obvious your family  benefited.”

The   proudest claim of the late  Rep. Salvador Escudero was: “When Imelda Marcos was in a fix, she’d ask me to straighten it out”, recalled  Engineer Leonor   Lagsca of Iloilo. “We were her magbalato or  handyman.”

Father  and  son are “parehong trapo” or subservient  clones, wrote Traikan in Labandera1. In the  Bicol provinces, trapos are appropriately called basahan.

“This only goes to show why Chiz is not yet ready for prime time and  – probably never will be”, Cato the Youger wrote. “ Why would someone who had killed so many and stole so much — such that the country plummeted from being the second richest in Asia to one of the poorest —  get to be buried as a hero?”

The Viewpoint column correctly  recalled   that  pilot  Lt.  Salvador Manlunas, member  of  Col. Jesus Villamor’s fighter squadron, was killed in action, emailed Celeste  Yu  from Mountainview, Californa.  “Manlunas  had a street named in his honor.  That  street has been erased because Resorts World took  over.”

“To local officials  money is everything. Never mind the heroes.  For our part, we will continue to  rally against Marcos’ desire to be buried in Libingan. We should have just done an Osama  bin Laden   burial for Marcos–at sea–where nobody cares. Then, it would have been  all worth it and forgotten.”

“Is it automatic that if one has been president, he  or she is  entitled to a grave in Libingan?” Pasaway Lang asked.  “Will Joseph “Erap” Estrada, convicted for plunder, and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, now facing charges of election  fraud “via Hello Garci,” get a  grave in Libingan? Go ahead, bury them. But before that, build a new   cemetery to be named “Libingan ng Tunay na Bayani”, and move all those interred in  today’s Libingan.”

Chiz, please tell your friends the Marcoses to just accept  President Benigno Aquino’s  decision not to bury Ferdinand in the Libingan…so that they can move on too. The nation has already moved on. They’re getting left behind.

“Yes,  we must remember  that  Senator Escudero was a supporter of Jejomar   Binay in the vice-presidential  election in 2010,” Elaine Gomez stressed.  And, yes, Binay also recommended Ferdinand be buried with military honors, but in Ilocos. How’s that for a compromise? The man will sleep with the devil just to get additional votes, the Ilocano votes.

“Chiz Escudero’s values and principles are malleable and questionable,” Phil Cruz added.  Reminds me of somebody who has been hugging all the headlines the past month. No wonder they both click. In fact, Chiz was a major pillar of this man’s political campaign. Yes, Chiz loves  Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Some people used to say that Chiz is younger and smarter, GUSM emailed. Now we know that he is just another corruptible trapo politician. Say goodbye to your presidential ambition Mr. Chiz now that we know who you really are. You are  supposed to be an educated man. But where is  your sense of history, let alone  decency.

The late General  Angelo  Reyes is buried there, Dante Catalino Garcia wrote. “Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want Marcos buried there.  But not everyone in Libingan  is a hero.”

Escudero’s late father   was the original “Boy Payong” for the Marcoses, wrote “Just Me”.  (This referred  to a  Supreme Court chief justice who, under martial law, trotted behind Imelda, bearing  her   parasol. )  Everything they have was from this  subservience.  So what do you expect? It’s in their genes to be a Marcos minion. Will his first son  be named Francis Ferdinand? Watch  out Heart.

A useful spin off  from this issue is we are getting to  know the politicians who are for sale, Deadly Shooter wrote.  “They are selling themselves this early to prepare for the 2016 election. Beware of these pretenders…”

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