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JFAV STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY TO THE CITIZEN’S ASSEMBLY IN MANILA, AUGUST 14, 2016

For Immediate Release
Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)
August 14, 2016

JFAV STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY TO THE CITIZEN’S ASSEMBLY IN MANILA, AUGUST 14, 2016

Los Angeles- “ Marcos is a fake hero. He does not deserve to be buried and honored as a hero.”Mysterious-image-appeared-onPH-flag-during-Dutertes-inaugural-speech

The Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV, an alliance of Filipino World War II Veterans, youth, students and community organizations based in the United States are in solidarity with Filipinos their Citizen’s Assembly on Sunday, August 14, 2016 in Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines.

JFAV stands with you to protest and oppose Dictator’s Ferdinand Marcos Sr. the projected burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on September 18, 2016

JFAV National Coordinator, Arturo P. Garcia said, ” we expressed JFAV’s deepest outrage on the order of the Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte to bury deposed President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. in the Libingan ng mga Bayani on September 18, 2016 with heroes burial with military honors as payment to his political debts.

JFAV Condemns Duterte’s Historical Revisionism

Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed The Rescission Act of 1946, which exclusively disenfranchised Filipino veterans and their families access to their rightful benefits. This racist law has endured for 69 years, but we demand NO MORE! Justice and equity for our lolos and lolas now!

Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed The Rescission Act of 1946, which exclusively disenfranchised Filipino veterans and their families access to their rightful benefits. This racist law has endured for 69 years, but we demand NO MORE! Justice and equity for our lolos and lolas now!

JFAV stands with all the victims of Marcoses martial law and vehemently opposed the historical revisionist act of the President Duterte that absolved Marcos of all his transgressions against the Filipino people that elevate him as a hero. “

Garcia added, “Duterte insults the 250,000 Filipino American Veterans who fought for democracy during World War II and the 73,000 victims of human rights violations and all the victims and relatives who fought martial law including his beloved mother.

For JFAV, Marcos lover President Duterte is committing a grave act of historical revisionism by claiming that “ Marcos was a soldier and as a former President and an awardee of Medal of Valor by the Philippine Republic, deserves to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani as provided by law.

This despite the fact that Marcos was a fake hero as claimed by US authorities and the fact he was awarded the Medal of Valor in 1958 which is 16 years after the war, “ JFAV exclaimed.

Deeply Ashamed of Duterte’s Denial

Garcia added. “ JFAV with all the remaining Filipino World War II Veterans and their relatives are deeply ashamed by the act and words of President Duterte that bluntly disregarded and denied the findings of the US Veterans Administration’s findings that Marcos was a fake hero and manufactured his medals.

We found it too shameful that President Digong Duterte’s bull-headed intransigence has denied Marcos spurious war medals hereby insinuating that the “Philippines is not a vassal state of the America anymore.” even denying the findings of the National Historical Commission (NHCP) and calling all oppositions to the Marcos burial as “ yellow opposition.”

All genuine and true Filipino World War II veterans in the Philippines and the United States who are in JFAV and other veterans organizations cannot accept and will never accept that Marcos as a fake hero. Even it is honor on  the order of an avowed Marcos loyalist  Digong Duterte.

Never in a million years!

JFAV IS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE CITIZENS ASSEMBLY AND TO ALL THAT VEHEMENTLY OPPOSE AND ARE AGAINST THE BURIAL OF DICTATOR FEDINAND MARCOS AT THE LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2016.

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HEROES CEMETERY OR THE “ LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI”

CULTURAL NOTES

August 13, 2016

HEROES CEMETERY OR THE “ LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI”

By Arturo P. Garcia

“I do not know the dignity of his birth, but I do know the glory of his death.”NHC

It is important to know the history of the Libingan ng mga Bayani or Heroes’ Cemetery, also officially known as Libingan ng mga Bayani in Tagalog. It is the  Philippine national cemetery within Fort Bonifacio(formerly the American Fort William McKinley) in Western Bicutan, Taguig CityMetro ManilaPhilippines.

It was established as a fitting resting place for Filipino military personnel from privates to generals, as well as Filipino heroes and martyrs. It was first established on May 1947 as the Republic Memorial Cemetery. It was then renamed to its current name on 27 October 1954 by President Ramon Magsaysay.[2]

It is now a subject of controversy due to the fact that the bull-headed President Diong Duterte has ordered the Department of National Defense (DND) to prepare the burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the site on September 18, 2016 despite protests from a lot of quarters.

Among those buried in the cemetery are most of the defenders of May 1942 (during World War II), and those who fought in various battlefields of the Allied Liberation of the Philippines from 1942 to 1945.

It also contains the national Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The tomb of the unknown soldier was located for a long while in Fort Santiago, Manila until it was transferred to the LNB.

It is established as the Filipino counterpart to the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, which houses the remains of United Statespersonnel who died during the same war.  Maybe the Filipino leaders were inspired by American War Memorials like the Arlington Cemetery that they wanted to replicate it in the Philippines

According to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Regulation The Allocation of Cemetery Plots at the LNMB issued on 9 April 1986 by former AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Fidel V. Ramos and President Corazon C. Aquino, along with members of the military, the following persons are entitled to be interred at Heroes’ Cemetery:

Medal of Valor awardees,Presidents or Commanders-in-Chief, AFP, The secretaries of National Defense, AFP Chiefs of Staff, General/Flag Officers, active and retired military personnel, and former AFP members who laterally entered/joined the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)Veterans of the Philippine Revolution of 1896, the First and Second World Wars, as well as recognized guerrillas, Government dignitaries, statesmen, national artists and other deceased persons whose interment has been approved by the commander-in-chief, Congress or the Secretary of National Defense, and Former Presidents, Secretaries of National Defense, widows of former Presidents, Secretaries of National Defense and Chiefs of Staffs.

But not all the Presidents are interned at the LNB. Genera Emilio Aguinaldo was buried in KAwit, Cavite. President Manuel Roxas. Sergio Osmena Sr.  and Ramon Magsaysay are buried in the North Cemetery in Manila. President Manuel Quezon is buried in the Quezon Memorial Circle and President Aquino is interned with his husband, Senator Ninoy Aquino in Manila Memorial Park.

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Only Philippine presidents Elpidio QuirinoCarlos P. Garcia and Diosdado Macapagal are buried in the LNB. Vice-president Salvador H. Laurelnational heroes of the Philippines; generals Artemio Ricarte and Carlos P. RomuloArmed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Angelo Reyes; and senators Arturo Tolentino and Blas Ople are also buried in the cemetery.

This maybe the reason why Duterte is emboldened to bury the dictator remains in the LNB as his payment for political favors from the Marcoses  who supported him during presidential campaign of May 2016.

Prof. Jose Ma. Sison explained, “there is no big reason why the peace process can be affected by the burial of Marcos. Besides it’s the national heroes cemetery for the bourgoise.”

But even with that, people refused to honor the memory of the man who caused the misery of more than 73,000 human rights victims for 14 years and irrepairable harm to the country and people. He is now being honored by Marcos lover and revisionist Digong Duterte.

On the cemetery’s entrance it is written: “I do not know the dignity of his birth, but I do know the glory of his death.” I think it’s time to change it with:

“The good things that the men do, will be interned with his bones. The evil lives with it.”

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