NAFCON Condemns the Burial of Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani

For Immediate Release

November 19, 2016

Reference: Terry Valen, NAFCON President,

NAFCON Condemns the Burial of Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani


Bay Area Filipinos gather at the SF Philippine Consulate to oppose the hero’s burial for Marcos

The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) joins our kababayan (fellow Filipinos) worldwide in condemning the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery). The rushed, secretive burial of Marcos is a betrayal of justice for the tens of thousands of Filipinos who fell victim to the brutal dictatorship and the millions who fought courageously for Marcos’ ouster.

There is no justification for allowing Marcos to be honored as a hero. Marcos destroyed the Philippine economy, plundered an estimated $10 billion from the nation’s coffers, instituted the Labor Export Policy as a stop-gap mechanism for appeasing widespread unemployment, and perpetrated wide-scale torture, abductions, illegal detention, extrajudicial killings, and other grave violations of human rights against the Filipino people. The hero’s burial serves to erase this history instead of honoring the memories of the people brutalized by the dictatorship.

NAFCON finds it equally reprehensible that no presidential administration since after the fall of the dictatorship–from that of Corazon Aquino up to and including current President Rodrigo Duterte–has ensured the indemnification of victims of the Marcos dictatorship nor compelled the Marcos family to return the billions of dollars in wealth that they stole.

The legacy of the Marcos dictatorship has impacted the life of virtually every member of NAFCON. Our members include survivors of imprisonment and torture; people who fled the repression of the Marcos regime; and families forced by the Labor Export Policy to migrate abroad in search of work and a decent livelihood. Our members also include those who joined the People Power uprising and fought to end the dictatorship, as well as those who continue to work against the vestiges of the dictatorship.

NAFCON is a national alliance of more than 30 organizations in more than 20 cities across the United States that has been fighting for Filipinos here in the US and in our homeland on issues such as wage theft, labor trafficking, the displacement, militarization, and killing of indigenous communities like the Lumad in Mindanao, and for environmental justice and the victims of the intensifying typhoons. We see our work today as advancing the legacy of People Power to ensure that an undemocratic dictatorship NEVER emerges again and we make the changes we need to create a Philippines where Filipinos can live with dignity and justice in our homeland and wherever we choose to go. We stand with all peace-loving people to make sure that the Filipino People Power legacy is what is celebrated as heroic and that Marcos is not enshrined as a hero in our national history.

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