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Ronald Roy — Dec. 7, 2016

Over a week ago, Maria Serena Diokno stepped down as the chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), scandalized over the burial of the late Pres. Ferdinand Edralin Marcos (FM) at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani (NLMB).

She claimed that “the burial was wrong, denies our history, erases the memory of lives lost and destroyed, mocks the collective action we took to oust the dictator, and denigrates the value of our struggle for freedom.” The well-worded statement of Ms. Diokno rings with “authority”, and I would be persuaded by it were it not for the fact that it had been made with an obvious partiality, she being the daughter of FM’s nemesis, the late Sen. Jose W. Diokno.

Diokno, wrong choice
Would that an unbiased person had instead been appointed NHCP Chair, because revisionism is best guarded against by the commission that is chaired by a non-political and objective person. Diokno should never have been appointed its chair.

To be fair, it cannot be disputed that the lady quit her post for a personal conviction, id est, that the over 35-year-old remains of FM, who was a soldier and president of the land, didn’t deserve to be honorably interred at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani (LNMB) for all the reasons cited by her in her resignation statement — well-worded as it is albeit flawed.

Diokno says that her resignation was in accord with the popular opposition to the LNMB burial. HUH?? Popular?? Informal surveys still show that the vast majority of Filipinos want FM buried at the LNMB. As always, classes A, B and C citizens hardly weigh in the eyes of the Yellows because of the latter’s elitist moorings.

Honored memory
Despite their minuscule and clangorous clamor “Hukayin, hukayin!” the fact remains that FM’s memory is deeply honored throughout the country, very especially among the impoverished poor: the peasantry and the labor class. Just take a look at the scattered groupings of yellow demonstrators in some cities; they’re students, parents, teachers, priests and nuns from elitist Catholic schools.

Shame on you, clergymen and nuns! Again, as you did in Edsa 1, you are dividing the Church! Again, you are arrogantly defying God’s mandate that you love your enemies, including FM and all his living relatives. What will you tell the Lord when He asks you: Why did you disunite my flock? Why did you teach the youth how to hate?

Finality of the Law
In constitutional societies like ours, disputes are resolved with finality under the ambit of the Law; and with respect to the burial issue, the Supreme Court has spoken in favor of Pres. Duterte’s directive to the Armed Forces to allow FM’s remains to be buried at the LNMB with full military honors. Period.

Evidently, Diokno and her yellow ilk cannot graciously accept the high court’s ruling because they believe they are higher than the Law. Do you remember their slogan: No one is higher than Dilaw? And their tagline: Daang matuwid? And their battle cry against VP candidate Bong Bong Marcos: Never again? By their every word, they are anti-law, arrogant, elitist and hypocritical.

No, Sandy (Clarkson), Chair Patricia Licuanan of the Commission on Higher Education cannot be fired except for cause because the law gives her a fixed term. But she can be removed from office if found guilty of, say, Grave Misconduct or Gross Negligence.

As for Vice President Leni Robredo, her resignation from the Cabinet is welcome news. It’s time she resigned. She should have done that much earlier because she didn’t really belong where she could never belong. She was like a square peg in a round hole in Digong’s management team.

But with her resignation supported by the entire yellow caboodle headed by former Pres. Noynoy Aquino, she should be ready to lead a sturdy opposition against PDu30’s administration, and that should augur well for a hale and hearty democracy.

Who’s the cheat?
However, without a shred of proof she should stop calling Bong Bong Marcos a thief who’s planning to cheat her on a recount of the votes. Instead, she should admit the difficulty of explaining the “smartmagic” of her incredible win. First, she was behind by 1.2 million votes, then in the wink of an eye and in the dead of night at 2 am — voila — she was ahead of Bong Bong by 1.2 million votes!!!

Incidentally, this raises the question of whether it is best for democracy for us to vote for presidential and vice-presidential candidates “as a team”, the reason being to avoid the disaster resulting from a situation where the presidency is vacated, and the succeeding vice president comes from a different political party. For this reason, expect mayhem if and when Robredo succeeds (knock on wood).

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