Sometime in 2015, the publisher and editorial board of The Adobo Chronicles visited the Mausoleum in Batac, Ilocos Norte where the supposed body of the late Ferdinand E. Marcos is encased in a refrigerated glass coffin for adoring fans to view and pay homage to.
We could not take photos or videos of the coffin which was perched up an elevated platform, surrounded by stanchions because it was prohibited. It was dark inside the room, except for the lights that illuminated the glass coffin. It was cold, but not necessarily because the room (or the coffin) was refrigerated. It was more like regular airconditioning for the comfort of visitors. Well at least that’s what we think. (In the hottest month of the year, Batac’s temperature averages at 84 degrees farenheit (29 degrees celsius).
So after our visit to the Mausoleum, we concluded that what we saw was a wax model of Marcos’ body, similar to those we’ve seen in Hollywood’s wax museum.
Don’t take our word for it though. We’re no experts.
But here’s a link to an opinion piece by Antonio Montalvan II which recently appeared in the more credible Philippine Daily Inquirer.
So you be the judge…
And as far as those protesting Marcos’ burial in Libingan Ng Mga Bayani, are they really fighting a lost cause just because President Duterte is not about to change his mind about his decision to allow Marcos’ burial in LNMB? But more so, because it’s not the real Marcos that’s going to be buried there?