In choosing to bury the dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the Philippine government has once again proven itself as an institution beholden to the corrupt and the elite sections of society who believe justice has a price.
In choosing to endorse the burial of Marcos since his presidential campaign, Rodrigo R. Duterte has explicitly affirmed his support for the monumental whitewashing and historical amnesia being peddled by the Marcoses for years.
This is another slap in the face for the thousands of Filipinos who suffered under the tenure of Marcos and puts into question the change that he promised - a change for the better or chump change that will lead us to regression, repression, injustice and the resurrection of the "garrison state" that Marcos built in 1972.
In choosing to insist on a "hero's burial", Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and his family continues to flout their lack of regret and willful abstention of responsibility against the thousands of tortured, murdered, and disappeared under their late patriarch's 20-year tenure. They remain a black mark and a disgrace to a people who continue to struggle for freedom and democracy after deposing and deporting them thirty years ago, and against a world who knows their crimes as clear as daylight.
In choosing to give the patina of legality to this burial, the Supreme Court justices has proven its inability to keep their institution independent-minded and above partisanship.
In choosing to carry out this burial in the utmost secrecy up to the last minute, burying the dictator like a thief in the night, the agents of the state and the Marcoses betray in themselves their cravenness, their cowardice and their lack of principle. They would polish a turd and call it gold. They would continue to glorify a man whose crimes against humanity have been proven by history, by a political revolution, and by global censure. They would drag us to hell along with them.
Thus SENTRO calls on all working people and all Filipinos, whatever class they may be, whatever their position in life may be, to stand up and condemn this covert and shameful burial of a dictator!
We call on everyone to continue fighting for liberty and democracy no matter how high the price of freedom is. We believe that fighting for this freedom is a duty that the working peoples' movements cannot abandon. And we know we will never be alone!
Center of United and Progressive Workers
Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO)
The founding members of SENTRO are the Alliance of Filipino Workers (AFW); Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL); APL- Youth; Federation and Cooperation of Cola, Beverage and Allied Industry Unions (FCCU); KAMAO; League of Independent Bank Organizations (LIBO); Mariners' Association for Regional and International Networking Organization (MARINO); National Alliance of Broadcast Unions (NABU); National Confederation of Transportworkers' Unions (NCTU); National Union of Workers in Hotel, Restaurant and Allied Industries (NUWHRAIN); Philippine Independent Public Sector Employees Association (PIPSEA); Philippine Metalworkers' Alliance (PMA); Pinag-isang Tinig at Lakas ng Anakpawis (PIGLAS); Postal Employees' Union of the Philippines (PEUP); Progressive Labor Union in Hong Kong (PLU); and Workers' Solidarity Network (WSN)