Makati Biz Club opposes FM burial in Libingan
MANILA, Philippines - The Makati Business Club (MBC) is strongly opposing plans to bury former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. To do so is a “historical revisionism at its deceitful worst.”
In a statement, the business leaders took exception to statements included in House Resolution 1135 that “as the longest-serving president of the republic, Ferdinand Marcos built the modern foundations of the Philippines,” and that he “remained a Filipino patriot to the end of his life and in death deserves to be honored as such.”
Such claim “is a gross distortion of the late dictator's true legacy of autocracy, ruined democratic institutions, violent political repression, unprecedented wholesale corruption, shameless nepotism, crony capitalism, a crushing debt burden, and widespread social inequity and marginalization,” the MBC said.
The group took note, in particular, the effect of the dictatorship on the business sector.
“We particularly remember the near bankruptcy of the government and the need for a moratorium on debt payments because of the burden of unpaid crony loans and the gross mismanagement of the economy in general. Our country struggled with the payments for those onerous loans long after Mr. Marcos had been deposed,” the group added.
The group said a hero is not distinguished by his titles and medals.
“No hero would deliberately bring suffering upon his people and ruin to his country. For these reasons, the Makati Business Club believes that, by virtue of his profoundly tainted record as the leader of our country, Mr. Marcos forfeited whatever rights he had to being buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani,” the MBC said.