MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Relatives of Filipino presidents, national artists and soldiers buried in Libingan Ng Mga Bayani (LNMB) are demanding that the remains of their loved ones be exhumed and transferred to various private cemeteries throughout the country. This, after the Philippine Supreme Court issued its ruling allowing the burial of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos in the National Heroes’ Cemetery.
Prior to the high court’s decision, various groups opposed the transfer of Marcos’ remains from the refrigerated crypt in Batac, Ilocos Norte to the resting place reserved for heroes and former presidents. The groups maintained that Marcos did not deserve to be buried in LNMB because of his dictatorial rule, fake war records, and human rights violations.
“We do not want our loved ones to be interred in the same resting place as a bad man,” they said, referring to Marcos.
The relatives also demanded that all the expenses for the transfer of their loved ones’ remains be paid for by the Marcos family.
Meanwhile, Presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar said that as soon as all the buried remains are removed from LNMB, the place will be converted into a public park with a new monument dedicated to Ferdinand E. Marcos. Costs to develop the park and build the monument will also be charged to the Marcos’ estate.