Sen. Angara Calls for National Referendum to Decide the Marcos Burial Issue

Senator Edgardo "Sonny" Angara released a very intriguing statement on his official Facebook Page about the burial of the late Pres. Ferdinand Marcos.

Sen. Angara wants a national referendum because the issue of the Marcos burial is suited to be decided not by the politicians only but by our people.

The decision of Sen. Angara to call for a national referendum was supported by fellow lawmakers, Sen. Ralph Recto and Sen. Grace Poe.

The statement of Sen. Sonny Angara got some mixed reactions from netizens because they noted that it will surely costs a lot of money with some of them stated that the government will spend billions of people's money when referendum will be held nationally.

Here's the Complete Statement of Sen. Edgardo Angara:

This is a very divisive and emotional issue as seen by the discussion in the past few days, leading up to the Supreme Court decision and the days afterwards.

It is an issue uniquely suited to be decided not by the politicians but by our people in a national referendum.

This has been my position in my public life for the last 13 years through three (3) presidents and three (3) administrations.

The Libingan ng mga Bayani was established according to RA 289 originally called the Republic Memorial Cemetery, it states that the cemetery, originally for soldiers is supposed to commemorate the "Presidents, national heroes, and patriots for the inspiration and emulation of this generation and generations still unborn."

So definitely, this is not an empty debate and a debate not properly suited for the Senate hall. It is a larger debate that we must throw out to our countrymen like all political debates and like all democracries. Because there are so many questions to be answered. For example, why did we pass RA10368, The Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, where we state in the declaration of policy: 

"It is hereby declared the policy of the state to recognize the heroism and sacrifices of all Filipinos who were victims of summary execution, torture and forced or involuntary disappearance and other gross human rights violations committed during the regime of former President Marcos covering the period from September 21, 1972 to February 25, 1986 and restored the victims’ honor and dignity. The state hereby acknowledges its moral and legal obligation to recognize and/or provide reparation to said victims and/or their families for the deaths, injuries, sufferings, deprivations, and damages they suffered under the regime." 

That is part of a Republic Act that has been adopted by our public institutions. That’s a decision we have already consciously made.

I do believe in national healing and I do believe that Gov. Imee’s apology is a good first step but I do feel that the wounds are still a bit raw – the history has not been fully written on these chapters of Martial Law. 

We owe it to our people to hear the stories of torture, of disappearances.

That’s why, of the many issues that are important in our public life, I feel it is only through a national referendum that we can move on from this issue.

Source: Sen. Sonny Angara FB Page

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