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November 30- Bonifacio Day; Various Groups hold Indignation Rally

Submitted by: rgsphil
On: 29/11/2016

November 30 is the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle. It is also the birthday of Andres Bonifacio, one of the many Filipino Heroes.

The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP), together with the the Franciscan Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation, Franciscan Solidarity Movement for Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation will hold a Mass at the Divine Child Chapel at La Salle Greenhills on November 30 at 1:30 p.m.

After the Mass, members from the religious congregations of men and women will march towards the People Power Monument in Solidarity with those who are against the burial of former president Ferdianand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani last November 18.

Other groups will include Simbahan ng Lingkod ng Bayan that will gather at the Ateneo de Manila Unversity and will mark towards the People Power Monument.

Communities will gather at the People Power Monument, and all are to be in solidarity  and pray for fine weather. 

Meanwhile, the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation will honor on Nov 30, 19 new heroes who fought the Marcos regime. Among the new heroes is journalist and editor in chief of Philippie Daily Inquirer Letty Jimenez Magsanoc.

Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation has honored men and women from various walks of life including five members of the Religious of the Good Shepherd


We, the members of the ASSOCIATION OF MAJOR RELIGIOUS SUPERIORS IN THE PHILIPPINES, have recently expressed our outcry against the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Developments on this issue have come, albeit in ways that we have neither expected nor desired.

On November 8, 2016, the Supreme Court en banc decided to allow the burial of former President Marcos at the Heroes' Cemetery (Libingan Ng Mga Bayani). The magistrates, voting 9-5-1, dismissed the consolidated petitions arguing that a hero's burial for Marcos would be a "grave injustice" to the victims of Martial rule. The ruling stated that President Rodrigo R. Duterte was within the bounds of his powers under the Constitution and the administrative code when he ordered the burial.

On November 18, 2016, the remains of Marcos, flown via helicopter, were buried at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani in surprise and clandestine rites. As many of the Filipinos were still reeling from the recent Supreme Court decision affirming the lawfulness of the burial of Marcos at the Heroes’ Cemetery, these ceremonies come as a shock, as they came so suddenly.

We share the sentiments of many people who are now sad, disappointed, or angry on account of these turn of events.

The burial of Marcos at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani is linked to the Presidency of Duterte who has made this part of his campaign agenda and has orchestrated the burial from the backstage. The Marcoses would not have come this far without his support.

We reiterate our stand that Marcos is not a hero: even if he was a soldier and a president, he was a dictator and was responsible for the violation of human rights and for the other atrocities committed during Martial Law. He has plundered the nation of her wealth, consequently impoverishing her people: P170 B worth of ill-gotten wealth was recovered by the PCGG from 1986-2015. To the end Marcos has shown no remorse for his actions.

We deplore the manner and circumstances in which he was buried at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani: it is a grave disrespect not only to the victims of human rights abuses under his regime, but to the whole nation as well.

We stand in solidarity with the victims of Martial Law: the AMRSP has data, documented through the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines, which prove that Marcos is not a hero.

We resolve to continue correcting misconceptions about the heroism of Marcos: our consistent opposition to a revisionist history we bring through our works—in our schools and colleges, parishes, social ministries and centers, and other ministries that seek to form the conscience of the citizenry.

We commend the outpouring of the people’s cry for truth and justice: many have come forward to express disappointment over the burial of Marcos at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani.

We are heartened to see students and young people leading the clamor for truth and justice. There is indeed hope that our young will bring the advocacy to the public arena.

Signed: Fr. Cielito Almazan, OFM Sr. Regina Kuizon, RGS AMRSP Co-Chairpersons Fr. Eduardo Apungan, CMF Sr. Julie Saguibo, SFIC AMRSP Co-Vice-Chairpersons Board Members: Fr. Anthony Paul Bicomong, SDB Sr. Niceta Vargas, OSA Br. Jose Mari Jimenez, FSC Sr. Marife Leslie Luna, LGC Fr. Joseph Matitu, SSS Sr. Sofia Taguinod, OP Fr. Copernicus Perez Jr, CSsR Sr. Josephine Mata, FAS Fr. Antonio Moreno, SJ Fr. Ricardo Basquiñes, MF 

Post-Marcos Burial Statement of the Religious of the Good Shepherd - November 25, 2016
We are angered and shocked at the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the “Libingan ng mga Bayani” or Cemetery of Heroes.

He is no hero for the human rights abuses which we have experienced and witnessed among our people with thousands of political opponents detained, tortured and murdered. We still find unreturned the plunder of 10 billion dollars from the Philippine coffers which continue to impoverish our country and people.

We deplore the stand of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, voting 9-5-1 allowing the burial to take place, discounting all cases against the burial, ignoring the protest of common citizens, groups and organizations, the survivors of human rights violations, the families of thousands of victims killed, imprisoned or who disappeared during the martial law regime. The Supreme Court based its decision on a legality citing AFP regulations G 161-375 that states that a president, a soldier, and a statesman can be interred there.

We are dismayed that President Duterte, in his promises to the poor and espousing the cause of the masses, gave this contradictory stand, in allowing the burial of Marcos who plundered the nation and made the poor poorer.

We are appalled at the conspiracy by the different agencies in the deceitful manner of burial.

We continue the protest against the burial of Marcos and its motive to rewrite our history about the darkest days of martial law under the Marcos dictatorship. Only by listening to the outcries of the poor for justice and the speaking of truth can we be healed. John 8:32 “The truth will set you free”. 

    November 25, 2016