Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Letter to VP Binay on Marcos Burial at LNMB

Dear Vice President Binay:

Please allow me to express formally my opposition to the burial of Marcos at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani.

I oppose it because:

First, the letter and spirit of existing laws and implementing rules prohibit such a burial. Please read: http://benmaynigo.blogspot.com/2011/03/marcos-to-be-or-not-to-be-lnmb.html

Second, his Presidential and dictatorial regime has been marred with violations of human rights, crimes against humanity, crimes involving moral turpitude and economic plunder. Please read: http://benmaynigo.blogspot.com/2011/03/marcos-to-be-or-not-to-be-lnmb-part-ii.html

Third, he brought dishonor and shame to the Filipino people by falsely claiming awards and medals he never earned and for alleged heroic exploits in historic battles in Bataan and Kiangan, Mt. Province that never happened. Please read:

Fourth, he further shamed the Filipino people by falsely claiming for reparation and back pay benefits which the U.S. Court of Claims and U.S. military investigators ruled as “fabrications….., falsifications…. malicious criminal acts”. Please read:

Fifth, I join other patriotic Filipinos and freedom-loving men and women of the world who are standing and speaking up on the right side of history. Please read: http://benmaynigo.blogspot.com/2011/05/is-marcos-hero.html

Sixth, I agree with what the last 4 Philippine Presidents before PNoy did – NO LNMB!

Seventh, I hope that genuine national hero Ninoy Aquino’s efforts in proving that Marcos was no hero during the darkest hours of Martial Law were not in vain. Please read: http://globalbalita.com/2011/marcos-a-hero-not-for-ninoy/

In the last Vice-Presidential elections, the message from the Filipino people was clear. They wanted somebody to help PNoy continue the unfinished revolution which his father Ninoy and mother Cory envisioned for our country.

You were chosen because as columnist Jose Montelibano asked, First, which Vice-Presidential candidate would take a bullet for Noynoy? Second, which Vice-Presidential candidate would take a bullet for Noynoy even if it meant giving up the chance to succeed him?”

Recommending or deciding not to bury Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani is nowhere near the equivalent of “taking a bullet” for PNoy. In fact, as I have shown above, it is the right legal, political, moral and patriotic thing to do.

By doing so, you will be joining fellow-freedom fighters in reaffirming the right side of history and in reasserting old Filipino values worthy of “emulation and inspiration by this generation and the generations still unborn”.

In God We Trust,

Benjamin G. Maynigo

1 comment:

  1. Atty Benjamin Maynigo is right: Marcos is NO hero!

    The brewing controversy in the Philippines today as to whether the government should allow the remains of the brutal Philippine dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos to be buried in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (Cemetery for Heroes) is another ploy by the pro-Marcos historical revisionists.

    The dictator’s family and the obviously unthinking supporters of Marcos are pushing for idea. But those opposing the move, which include many social and civic groups in the Philippines and Filipinos around the world, of which the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG), the Overseas Filipinos for Good Governance (OFFGG), the Filipino United Network - USA (FUN-USA), 3 anti-graft advocacy groups, are part of, are saying “Hell NO! Marcos is no hero!”

    Those against the move cited the following established facts, as enumerated by Atty. Ted Laguatan of California in his letter to President Noynoy Aquino as representative of the USP4GG:

    “Marcos declared martial law based on many lies – inventing justifications to eliminate elections and remain as President indefinitely. As an absolute dictator, he engaged in all kinds of corruption and also stole directly from the nation’s treasury amassing an indecent fortune in the billions while Filipinos starved. US military records also prove that his claim of having been awarded 27 medals for heroism in WWII are blatantly false.”

    To eliminate the opposition during the Martial Law which he declared on September 21, 1972 to stay in power, Marcos jailed dozens of pro-democracy leaders, including his arch-enemy, who was subsequently assassinated on October 21, 1983, Senator Benigno (Ninoy) Aquino, Jr., the father of incumbent President Aquino.

    When Senator Ninoy visited me in my home in Indiana for a medical check-up a couple of months before flying back to the Philippines on that fateful day in 1983, he was convinced that Marcos had to be stopped, one way or another, in his rampage and slaughter of the country. In making the ultimate sacrifice, Ninoy was able to change the course of history for the Filipinos and restored freedom and democracy, with the election on February 25, 1986 of his wife, Cory Aquino, the “plain housewife in yellow dress”, who toppled and banished the dictator in a bloodless revolution, known as the People Power Revolution of 1986.

    Even the blind can see clearly that Ferdinand E. Marcos was no hero. He was a villain who killed the integrity of the Philippines and the dignity of the Filipinos. Today, Filipinos are still harshly affected by the aftershock the destruction Marcos has wrought upon the Philippines and its people.

    Let us, Filipinos, be wise and just, and have common sense. Let us not change the definition of heroism. More importantly, let us not revise history. Truth matters. Let us momentarily forget politics and personalities. Let us be objective and honest, and call spade a spade.

    We would be the laughing stock of the world if we faltered in our decision and declared Marcos a hero, which will, by logic, automatically make Senator Noynoy and President Cory Aquino, and the millions of other freedom-loving Filipinos, the villains.

    When the world is ready to accept Hitler, Stalin, Sadam, bin Laden as heroes, then, and ONLY then, can we, Filipinos, CONSIDER allowing the brutal Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. To do so now would only desecrate the sacred and noble resting place of our genuine heroes, and prove to the world how hopelessly dumb and stupid we are as a people.

    But, actually, if you think about it, the more pertinent question should perhaps be: Since Marcos had mercilessly raped and devastated the Philippines, does he even deserve to be buried in our soil?

    Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS
    Chairman, Filipino United Network – USA