Trillanes backs hero's burial for Marcos, or GMA

Posted at 06/07/2011 4:41 PM | Updated as of 06/07/2011 10:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Antonio Trillanes on Tuesday said he supports the proposal to bury the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio.

In an interview, Trillanes said it is already the policy of the Philippine government to give former presidents a hero's burial. At least 2 former presidents, Carlos P. Garcia and Diosdado Macapagal, are interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

"We should not discriminate. It's either we do away with the policy or we craft a new one but we can never be selective. I won't mind actually. I'm not the overly sentimental type. E matagal na pong namatay yung tao. I don't think it really matters to anybody's interpretation of history kung saan siya nakalibing dahil sa akin ho, ano, in the future kung kunyari itong si former president [Gloria Macapagal Arroyo] e ililibing at pinagdedebatehan kung san ililibing, sa akin bahala sila kung san nila ililibing," he told reporters.

"In the future, kahit si GMA ilagay, ilibing dyan, I wouldn't mind," he added.

Trillanes, who was imprisoned for more than 7 years for leading the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, said he will not devote energy to get back at former government officials who had wronged him.

He said the Libingan ng mga Bayani was established as a final resting place for Filipino soldiers.

"The fact is naging sundalo ho si former President Marcos and that place is also reserved for soldiers. He has served this country and hindi ho ma-ne-negate yun ng mga activities, which actually is still subjective for some," he said.

He also criticized Vice-President Jejomar Binay for recommending only military honors for the late dictator in his home province of Ilocos Norte, instead of a hero's burial.

"I believe that the recommendation of Vice-President Binay is a cop-out. It's just pleasing people. It is not doing the right thing. It's neither here nor there," he said.