"Disgusting" and "revolting" are the two adjectives that immediately came to mind as I read the February 18 issue of the Philippine Star carrying a statement from Ferdinand Marcos Jr. that his late father, the former dictator, ought to be buried in the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani (Heroes Cemetery). What triggered the younger Marcos’ demand was the burial in the same Libingan of recently deceased, by suicide, former AFP chief Gen. Angelo Reyes.
Marcos and Beyond
Twenty-four years ago the Marcoses were chased out of the country. Now, Ferdinand junior is running for the Senate, Imelda for Congress and her daughter Imee for governor. Marcos senior, who died in 1989, is refrigerating above ground -- his family's awaiting the most opportune moment to plop his semigelatinous corpse in the National Heroes' Cemetery.
Poor Imelda Marcos is hurting. For years, people have called Ferdinand, her late husband, a crook, a despot and worse, and it has been an agony for her.
Well, enough of the boo-hoo. Ten days ago, the 74-year old widow filed a libel complaint against a government official who recently called her dead ex a dictator and a thief. She also filed charges against the reporter who wrote up the remarks and two editors of the newspaper that printed them.
Two years ago, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was a political lame duck flapping around trying to survive. Today, she's still a political cripple, but with a dangerous difference. The lame duck has a machine gun.