The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) joins the Filipino people in denouncing the decision of the Supreme Court allowing the Duterte government to proceed with giving a hero’s burial for fallen fascist dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
The GRP President Duterte must be advised against proceeding with such a plan. Such payment of political debt to the Marcoses will undoubtedly be regarded as an act of contempt against the Filipino people’s historic judgement against the Marcos dictatorship.
In giving Marcos a hero’s burial, he would virtually be spitting on the graves of the tens of thousands of martyrs who laid down their lives in the struggle to end the puppet, brutal and rotten Marcos dictatorship.
If he proceeds in doing so, Duterte will bring to question his own assertions of being a Leftist considering that the Marcos dictatorship is the epitome of the anti-Left, having served as a bulwark of US imperialism, bureaucrat capitalism and feudalism during its 1965-1986 rule, with fourteen years (1972-1986) under martial law dictatorship.
The CPP advises GRP President Duterte against fulfilling such an election promise to the Marcoses made in exchange for financial and political support. For sure, the Marcoses would resent such an unfulfilled promise. But such will be incomparable to the deep indignation that will be stirred among the Filipino people.
For more than 30 years now, the Filipino people have sought justice for all the crimes perpetrated by Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda and their children, as well as their cronies, who all invariably played nefarious roles under the Marcos dictatorship.
Over the past three decades, the ruling classes have allowed two generations of Filipinos to forget about the crimes of the Marcos dictatorship. School books and official teaching in elementary and secondary schools have airbrushed the image of the Marcos dictatorship to hide the brutalities brought about by grave fascist abuses of civil and political rights and widespread social misery as a result of unprecedented bureaucrat capitalist corruption, servility to the US and to IMF-World Bank policy impositions which condemned the country to a perpetual state of economic backwardness.
As class affiliates of the Marcoses, every regime since 1986 have helped pave the way for the political rehabilitation of the Marcoses and all their cronies. The rehabilitation of the Marcoses serves as precedent for extending the same privilege to Estrada and Arroyo.
If Duterte allows Marcos’ body to be dug-up from Ilocos Norte and re-interred with hero’s burial, he would have provided the Marcoses with the ultimate act of rehabilitation.