A group calling itself Konsensya Dabaw will stage a rally tomorrow in Davao City in front of the San Pedro Cathedral.
UPDATE: Konsensya Dabaw has just told me that while tomorrow’s rally will have supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte, it will also have Dabawenyos who did not vote for Duterte. And both groups are welcome.
Konsensiya Dabaw also posted the following on its Facebook Community page:
Panawagan: Para sa atong Panagtapok sa Katawhan ugma/Domingo/Aug 14 atbang sa San Pedro Church
1. Hayloa ang inyong mga anak, pamilya ug mga kaubanan nga mosalmot
2. Please wear white para naa ta’y visually unifying element
3. Magsayo ta para within the two-hours nga tapok makita dayon kung unsa ka daghan/baga ang atong pagpaningkamot
4. Make your own visual displays (pwede ra sa bond papers or cartolina); you might want to check the different posts on this page for inspiration on what to write. Subay sa nasabutan, let us keep to burial issue
5. Naa kaha pwede modonate og mga native nga pamaypay para dikitan nato sa atong mga slogan? Palihog let me know dayon by commenting here
6. Ayaw kalimti nga naa pa ta’y second Panaghisgot sa Chowking San Pedro (11-12) pagkahuman sa Panagtapok. KKB ta ha (ug dili na kanya-kanyang burial hehe)
Its aim is to ask their former mayor, whom they had campaigned for, to bury the remains of Ferdinand Marcos in Batac instead of the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery for Heroes).
August 12, 2016
Minahal nga Presidente Duterte,
We are Dabawenyos who are struggling with and problematizing the planned burial of Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).
We are writing to you not only because of our long relationship with you as our former Mayor and Congressman, and our direct exposure to your leadership. Many of us voted for you last May 2016 elections; and even those who did not still want to engage you on this very important issue. More importantly, we are writing because we need to be heard on this matter, and Dabawenyos have always been engaged on matters of national concern.
We are struggling with the planned LNMB burial because of a growing sense of confusion mainly arising from our knowledge of and experiences with Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Many in the Davao region suffered repression under his time—in one partial list alone over 100 individuals now deceased were killed or victimized for questioning Marcosian rule; countless more were harassed, illegally detained and tortured. The fiscal inequities, government neglect, graft and corruption, and resource drain from which Davao and the rest of Mindanao suffered were dramatized during the Marcos administration. Not only were these aspects of how Marcos plundered the nation, they were also part of the historical injustice of which you spoke during your first State of the Nation Address.
These Dabawenyos and their families who endured injustice, along with the estimated 3,257 killed, 35,000 tortured, 70,000 jailed and 737 missing in the rest of the country have yet to be fully honored for the sacrifices they made. Meanwhile Ferdinand E. Marcos and the Marcos family, who since 1986 have steadily been regaining power, influence and stature, and remain unapologetic and unrepentant, will gain from the exoneration that will occur sooner than later with a Marcos entombment at LNMB.
You were quoted as having said with respect to the issue during the election campaign, “it is time to move on, someone has got to give”.
The victims, survivors and their families have long made their sacrifices; they should not have to be subjected to further indignities, hurts and pains to appease only one family, and an elite one at that. Like your beloved mother Nanay Soling and other Dabawenyos who staunchly fought against the Marcos dictatorship, we would rather honor the victims, survivors and their families by standing with them.
We recall your vow to destroy the oligarchs in the Philippines whom you described as those who make money at the expense of the poor and peddle influence. Further privileging the Marcoses, who are themselves oligarchs and encouraged the full rapacity of the oligarchy during their time, is not consistent with this promise.
There are those who say that you are just honorably fulfilling a campaign promise. But a campaign promise to whom and for what? That you came out on top in Ilocos Norte with 103,394 votes will have to be contextualized within the larger reality that a total of 16 million Filipinos elected you on a comprehensive platform of, as you described it “malasakit. Tunay na pagbabago. Tinud-anay nga kausaban”.
It bears recalling that it is the Marcos family who has not fulfilled its agreement with then President Fidel V. Ramos for a quick burial of Marcos in Ilocos Norte as part of the terms for allowing the return of his body from Hawaii in 1993.
We are disoriented about the rush with which the Marcos burial is being pursued. While we are familiar with your action-oriented leadership style, we also know that there are many other more compelling concerns and challenges that we face together in the first few months of your administration. Also, during the campaign you had described a process for resolving the issue: consult with martial law victims, submit the issue in a sort of consensus and then hold a plebiscite. At the very least, this process should be implemented.
We are problematizing the unintended and more disastrous consequences of an LNMB burial. Marcos is not only a former president and soldier, which others claim are enough for him to be buried there. He is also the symbol of massive injustices and the unreformed state of the Philippine justice system—of large-scale violence and systematic wrongdoing that continue to go unpunished.
For this unjust symbol to be knowingly and intentionally interred in a place laden with meanings of heroism is a form of doublespeak, and just plain wrong. Unfortunately, in this case burying Marcos in LNMB will not end it, if by “it” we mean confusion and discord over what we exalt and value by our actions and not just our words.
We are particularly concerned about what this would mean for our political culture and future.
Already, we are noting fanaticism for Ferdinand E. Marcos among segments of our youth. While this might largely be explained by their experiences of alienation, and disenchantment with the many crises of our society, and the unmet challenge of effectively educating our people of the evils of authoritarian rule, this fanaticism would only be reinforced and fanned by a Marcos burial at the LNMB. It would also widen the divisions that you wanted to lay to rest in the first place.
In one of your campaign speeches you said “this is not about me. This is about the future of our children and the dignity of the Filipino people” which is a concern we share.
Instilling love of country and heroism among our children and the coming generations of Filipinos will be more difficult because even now we are hard-pressed to answer the blunt question raised by a young Dabawenya: “paano naging bayani ang isang diktador at magnanakaw?”
For indeed, how could we have easily given up on lofty ideals that inspire and are worthy of emulation which are supposed to be the spirit of an LNMB burial, and agreed to giving a free pass to a dictator, human rights violator, and plunderer under the minimalist and expedient criteria of soldier and former president?
We are convinced that the interment of Marcos at the LNMB will do more harm than good not only for our people today, but for the Filipinos of the future, and is ill-advised.
We appeal to you to not unwittingly contribute to the agenda of the political rehabilitation and reinstatement of the Marcoses, and the tacit toleration of authoritarianism and repression.
On his deathbed Ferdinand E. Marcos expressed his desire to be buried beside his mother. Let us honor the wish of the departed and have him buried in their family crypt in Batac. He would not be the only former president of the Republic who is not buried at LNMB.
Ang among panawagan: ilubong si Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Marcos sa Batac!
KONSYENSYA DABAW (Hugpong Dabawenyo para LNMBatac)
KONSENSYA DABAW – Hugpong Dabawenyo para LNMBatac is a loose group of Davaoenos, many of whom campaigned for and supported President Rodrigo Duterte. However, we believe that Ferdinand E. Marcos should be buried in Batac and not at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.
In case this is still news to some, the JoeAm site is ceasing postings or articles criticizing President Duterte. As I understand it, the primary reason is his concern for the personal safety of his family among other things including his legal status is vulnetable as a resident alien. This is definitely an alarming sign that the tyranny of martial law, even if undeclared, is already making its presence felt. To stifle public dissent and criticism of one of the most prominent blogsites can only be just the beginning. Who or what is next, but established journalists and media perhaps, not with military force but with the army of thugs and online trolls to harass and intimidate extralegally those who voice opposition against his agenda.
The issue of a Marcos burial in a nation hero’s cemetery is but part of a scheme to legitimize a martial law regime and leaders who seize absolute power supposedly for the greater good of the country. After all it has been declared that Marcos is Duterte’s hero and admires the accomplishments of his presidency.To condition the citizenry and the other political estates that the use of force whether legitimate or not should be acceptable if not necessary was the Marcos recipe for instituting martial law.
Silencing JoeAm’s voice has not been much heralded online and in the press. The only way to fight such tyranny is to decry loudly and publically continuing attempts to stifle political dissent.
To bury or not to bury the remains at the LMB [ Heroes Cemetery ] has many sub-questions:
One important sub-question is – the THING as remains is NOT composed of WAX or other substance material different from human remains.
The SC has to find out on this. Who will prove it? Imelda & Co. or the Petitioners? If the THING is made of WAX or other substance other than that of human remains, should that THING be buried at LMB?
Next sub-question: What percentage of WAX or other substance material is applied on that THING that should be allowed as a THING to be buried at the LMB?
The THING almost looks like what is lacking is the soul to make it alive. Re-touched is it? If the SURFACE of that THING is totally or almost made of WAX then what is under that? Still wax and wax?
50-50: Wax and human remains is the THING. Should it be allowed to be buried at the LMB?
40-60: more wax.
100%: the BONES are intact. Will the BONES serve the purpose to bury together with the WAX for the rest of the ‘remains’?
Is there a ‘part of the remains’ already buried in the past in Batac, iLocoa Norte, beside the remains of the mother of FM? This has to be determined as part of answering the whole issue of the case.
The law’s intent is that only human remains is spoken of for burial of human remains of ‘presidents atbpa’ at the LMB.
When the THING passes this scrutiny by a majority votes of the SC, then next to the other questions which everybody has claimed that FM’s remains be buried or as others claim the THING is not entitled to be buried at the LMB.
Since it is the new Adm that is bent on proceeding to bury FM’s remains soon, the burden to prove that the THING is not composed of WAX or otherwise, has to be made by the new Adm under the spirit of RA 289 creating the LMB. Without such proof, should the burial be allowed?
Please add more to the important details on the issue – To Bury or Not To Bury
Excerpts of R.A. No. 289 on burials etc.
Sec. 1 – ‘the burial place’ . . . meaning = to be interred or buried – covered and not exposed for viewing.
Sec. 2 (a) – ‘ to delimit and set aside a portion thereof wherein shall be interred the remains’ and ‘ wherein the remains x x x are interred’. . . . meaning = buried or covered up and not exposed for viewing.
Sec. 2 (c) – ‘To cause to be interred therein the mortal remains’ . . . meaning = same as Sec. 2 (a) above.
Sec. 3 – ‘ the initial expenses in carrying out the provisions of this Act.’ INITIAL EXPENSES for the LMB is gov’t funds at the start [ onJune 16, 1948 ]. Who now provides the succeeding expenses to maintain and operate the LMB?
The news reports, at one time reported: ‘the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday, May 27, explained the guidelines on who may be interred at the cemetery.’
Is the AFP the official body to determine WHO may be interred at the cemetery? What does R.A. No. 289 say? The law says:
– ‘Sec. 2. There is hereby created a Board on National Pantheon composed of the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Public Works and Communications and the Secretary of Education and two private citizens to be appointed by the President of the Philippines with the consent of the Commission on Appointments which shall have the following duties and functions’
The BOARD on National Pantheon is the official body. Has this law – R.A. No. 289 been amended or changed?
Is the AFP the ‘BOARD on National Pantheon’ under R.A. No. 289, to provide ‘guidelines’?
If the AFP is NOT the Board, then can the AFP come out and provide ‘guidelines’ who may be interred at the cemetery? Or the Board has ‘approved’ what the AFP did create the ‘guidelines.’ Delegation of powers? Valid/legal under the law?
Can ‘ANYBODY’ be validly or legally allowed to create ‘guidelines’ etc. other than the BOARD on National Pantheon under R.A. No. 289?
Is there any OTHER LAW or laws on burials of heroes, presidents, etc. on this matter at the LMB?
I could be missing it. . .
One important aspect of R.A. No. 289 is SECTION 1. It says:
‘Section 1. To perpetuate the memory of all the Presidents of the Philippines, national heroes and patriots for the inspiration and emulation of this generation and of generations still unborn, there shall be constructed a National Pantheon which shall be the burial place of their mortal remains’
Perpetuate the memory, (of all the Presidents of the PH]
For inspiration and emulation of this generation and of generations still unborn
What ‘memory’ of FM should be perpetuated?
What ‘inspiration and emulation’ of FM for the generations to come?
Yes, FM was a president of the PH but that is conditioned on the next succeeding words: memory,
inspiration and emulation’ to be PERPETUATED by all generations to come.
So, it is not enough to be a president without those qualifying thoughts: MEMORY, INSPIRATION and EMULATION to be perpetuated by all generations to come.
Or are those thoughts EMPTY? But why are those words there if empty? Cannot be. There must be something to it.
No one can deny FM was a president for 20 years. Can any one admit he left a ‘memory’ good to be perpetuated?
Can any one admit FM left ‘inspiration’ to be perpetuated?
And can anyone admit FM left something to emulate for generations to come to be perpetuated?
Where are the answers to all these? Look back to the Martial Law regime. It was about for 20 years. Was it bleak? Dark? Or it was bright and sun-shine for the country?
Does any one still have a 20-20 vision? Who does not have?
Daming alam ilibing nlng yn don sa lnmb para stop n lht period tuldukan n yn kz habang tumatagal ang usapan na yan pati mga batang walang kamuwang muwang nagagamit na din,ano bang alam ng mga yan..puro hula lng kau ililibing yan don dahil hindi xa bayani kungdi dhl isa din xang soldier at President wala ng ibang usapin,Hindi yan maisusulat sa libro dhl Marcos is not a hero..kaya nga dpt ilibing nalng yan don para matigil na ang ba ngayan ng mga Filipino tapos period at kalimutan na ang usapin n yan move on Filipinos! Hindi din po aq sang ayon Pero para sa ikakatahimik ng lht para matapos na.
hindi kita maintindihan.