Marcos getting highest honors at Heroes’ Cemetery burial

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Defense Spokesperson Arsenio Andolong (R) said Ferdinand Marcos (L) will be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani as former President, and will be accorded with highest honors.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The administration seems bent on allowing former President Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani [National Heroes’ Cemetery], despite objections from martial law victims and their kin.

Defense Spokesperson Arsenio Andolong on Monday said Marcos passed the qualifications for burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

"He was a former president, he was a former secretary of national defense, he was a former soldier, and he was a former world war two veteran," Andolong said.

"I believe based on these regulations, qualified naman siya." [I believe based on these regulations, he’s qualified.]

Marcos be buried at the Heroes Cemetery not only as a soldier but as a past President of the Republic of the Philippines — and along with this, he will be given the highest honors that can be accorded to anyone buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

"Kung ano man yung pinakamataas, usually 'yun ang binibigay sa kanya," said Andolong. [Whatever is the highest, that is what’s usually given to (a President) like him.]

Marcos-burial-site-map-CNNPH.jpg Late President Marcos is expected to be buried at the President's Section of Libingan Ng Mga Bayani.  

Andolong said there might be military honors like that in a state burial, but that  has yet to be finalized.

According to Andolong, strict security is being implemented at the area, considering the likelihood of protest rallies that may cause untoward incidents.

With this, the Defense Department appeals to the public to keep calm.

"Maging mahinahon po tayo and we also believe that they have the right to express their sentiments on this issue," Andolong said. [Let us be calm and we also believe that they have the right to express their sentiments on this issue.]

"I appeal to them to keep it sober and of course calm… Hangga't maaari eh wag na nating perwisyuhin yung mga hindi kailangang perwisyuhin." [As much as possible let us not cause unnecessary trouble.]

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday gave the green light to Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

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Andolong said the President tasked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to prepare for the ceremonies and the interment protocols, including assigning the honor guards.

"Kung mayroong directive na coming from the commander-in-chief  to implement an internment, wala naman kaming magawa kundi sumunod."

[Translation: If there is such a directive from the commander-in-chief to implement an interment, then we can’t do anything but to comply.]

As of the moment there is no date yet as to when Marcos’ interment will be.

But Andolong said the AFP is closely coordinating with the Marcos family for the details of the former President’s burial.

According to the Philippine Army, 120 soldiers will secure late President Marcos' burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani.

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