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Home Sections Philippine Presidency A Presidential Library Is the Ideal Resting Place for Ferdinand E. Marcos
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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Thursday, 26 May 2011 13:37


By Lolo Bobby M. Reyes of Sorsogon City, Philippines, and West Covina, California


A fter then-President Fidel V. Ramos withdrew in 1993 his nomination of Tomas “Buddy” Gomez, III, as consul general for the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles, California, I sent another letter to him. I not only thanked Mr. Ramos for listening to our petition to withdraw Mr. Gomez’s nomination but also I offered a solution for the then-emerging controversy of where to bury the remains of his cousin, former President Ferdinand E. Marcos.


I suggested most-respectfully to Mr. Ramos that the Philippines emulate the United States and build presidential libraries, which more-often than not are also the burial place of a deceased President after whom the library is named after. I said at that time that building such a presidential library in the birthplace of Mr. Marcos would serve as an honorable and respectful solution to the escalating dispute of whether the deceased President deserved to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (National Heroes’ Cemetery).


Perhaps Mr. Ramos failed to receive my letter, which was an unsolicited advice. Perhaps my correspondence got lost in the Philippine bureaucracy but I did not receive any acknowledgment of receipt from the Office of the President.


Please note that one of the arguments that I raised against the nomination of Mr. Gomez was that he called the remains of Mr. Marcos as “carcass.” I said in our petition that as Philippine consul general in Honolulu, Hawaii, during the Corazon C. Aquino’s Dispensation, Mr. Gomez showed that he lacked diplomatic skill and he divided the already-fragmented Filipino-American communities in Hawaii and elsewhere in the United States.


Readers may want to read the fights against two Filipino consuls general that I initiated in Los Angeles, California, and which both succeeded, as found in this article:


Overseas Filipinos Should Demand that Only Career Diplomats Be Posted Abroad: The Buddy-Gomez Saga




On Nov. 29, 2008, I sent to then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo through the courtesy of then-visiting Press Secretary Jesus Dureza. I reiterated my nearly 15-year-old suggestion of constructing presidential libraries:


More Proposals – From Voter’s Registration by Mail to Party-List Solons for OFWs – Sent to PGMA




On May 12, 2007, we reprinted this 2005 article in the of New York where I wrote about the need to build presidential libraries in the Philippines:


Even Presidents Write Their Own Eulogy




Perhaps it is time to build the first Philippine Presidential Library in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, where Mr. Marcos was born and finally bury with due respect his remains to rest in peace for all eternity.


Building such the suggested Ferdinand E. Marcos Presidential Library in Ilocos Norte, where he is fondly held in high esteem by his provincemates, may start the healing of the Filipino people. It can also put to rest (pun intended) the often-heated debate as to his final resting place. # # #



Comments (3)
From Joe Kerr (as posted in the Facebook)

3:10pm May 26

A very good idea I think... at least even those who despised him "should" be able to agree that for better or worse he was a part of history and he was important. Leave the discussion of his "worth" to later generations.
Mila D. Aguilar also commented on her link in the Facebook:
Mila wrote: "Go ahead, Bobby, I won't stop you. A presidential library in the Philippines won't sound as neutral as it does in the U.S., but take a cue from U.S. presidential libraries -- it isn't financed by the government, but by donations and the ex-president's estate. So a Marcos presidential library should be financed first and foremost by the monies he stole from the Filipino people, minus the damages he should pay to victims of martial law as well as the Philippine government itself. That would be the most just thing to do. But then one caveat to that presidential library is that his cadaver shouldn't be placed there on display, because we are not a nation that makes idols of cadavers; we have a living God, however He be called -- not cadavers in place of the living God. So if his widow wants his body there, she should bury it there or place it in an urn there, with the proper permits. Btw, permission to place urns in a house lasts only two years. After that you have to place the ashes in a proper columbary. I would suppose that should go for cadavers too."
Copper Sturgeon (As posted in Facebook):

F. (*ucking) E. Marcos is part of history, and at that, decisions on where he should lay down his air-conditioned casket be decided by history and not by this generation.

Maybe the Marcos family ought to pay more for his preservation.

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