Duterte: Cory and Noynoy had 12 years to amend law on Marcos` burial
Friday, November 25, In an interview in Zamboanga City, President Rodrigo Duterte defended his decision for allowing former president Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
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Duterte reiterated that he is only following the law.
“Wala kaming choice. We cannot have a different interpretation because it simply says that a soldier and a former President are qualified to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Duterte said.
Duterte also said that former Presidents Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and his mother the late former president Corazon "Cory" Aquino had 12 years to amend or abrogate provisions under the law, which allows presidents to be buried at the LNMB.
Duterte was referring to Republic Act (RA) 289, which provides for the construction of a national pantheon for presidents of the Philippines, national heroes and patriots of the country.
“I am trained to follow simply the law. It was a simple matter of amending the law and they had about — yung nanay, pati ang anak then — six, six [equals] 12, 12 golden years to do it tapos ikaw pa ngayon — bakit hindi mo na lang para klaro na allowed ka talaga?” he said.
“Maski anong gawin ko, I could not renege on my promise and the mandate of the law; otherwise, kung gusto ng Marcoses, they can charge for me for not following or violating the law also. Eh saan ako pupunta?” Duterte said.
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Duterte said Noynoy and Cory did not want to take a risk to prevent the burial of Marcos at the Libingan because of the protests it would result into.
“Ayaw magsugal. Yan ang mahirap. Ayaw nila pasukin, alin diyan sa kanilang lahat because they were really afraid of what, the dissent and the crowd that would gather for it,” he said.
Source: GMA News Online
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