STATEMENT OF THE UP DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY ON THE BURIAL OF FERDINAND MARCOS AT THE LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI

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We abhor the complicity of President Duterte and the majority of justices in the Supreme Court with the interests of the Marcoses despite widespread clamor against the burial of the former dictator at the LNMB. Under the pretext of “rule of law”, our legal and political institutions remain deaf and blind to legitimate opposition to the return of the Marcoses to power. This demonstrates how connivance among elite interests in our institutions has led to utter disregard for the people’s interests, and has thwarted the exercise of genuine democratic participation and governance.
We cannot remain silent and complacent in the face of this flagrant insult against the Filipino people. Our discipline demands that we engage the public in nuanced discussion and critique of these unfolding events in our history. We call on faculty and students to remain vigilant in defending our nation’s collective memory from systematic distortion that the Marcos burial in a heroes’ cemetery symbolizes. 
Let us conduct more rigorous and critical studies of Philippine society that expose injustice. Let us oppose tyranny in all its forms. Let all these efforts translate to practices that build more democratic institutions.
MARCOS IS NOT A HERO!
NEVER AGAIN TO MARTIAL LAW!
JUSTICE FOR MARTIAL LAW VICTIMS
STATEMENT OF THE UP DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY ON THE BURIAL OF FERDINAND MARCOS AT THE LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI

24 November 2016
 
We, the faculty and staff of the UP Department of Sociology, stand in solidarity with the UP academic community and the broader protest movement in condemnation of the burial of the deposed dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) on November 18, 2016.

The burial has drawn outrage not only from Martial Law victims and their families but from various sectors of Philippine society that remain indignant of the destruction brought upon the country by the dictatorial regime. We recognize that this outrage represents the widespread public sentiment that Marcos in no way deserves a hero’s burial. The surreptitious manner by which the burial was carried is an affront to the will of the Filipino people.

We contest the view that the burial of the former dictator at the LNMB will bring “closure” and will lead to national unity and reconciliation. The call to “forgive and move on” is a blatant disrespect for the collective suffering of the victims of Martial Law. It is rooted in historical distortion that dangerously paves the way for the resurgence of fascism and authoritarian rule, and the return of the Marcoses to power after they have been driven out of the country by the people.

While the Marcos regime was marked by documented cases of warrantless arrests, torture, extrajudicial killings, and enforced disappearance of thousands of victims, the Marcos family remains in denial, unrepentant, and unapologetic. Ferdinand Marcos destroyed democracy at the core of our civil and political institutions, silenced dissent through authoritarian rule, and flagrantly disregarded human rights. 

Studies have dispelled the notion of a “golden age” during the Marcos regime. The country’s economy stagnated, which led to massive and lingering poverty for many of our people. Policies during Martial Law allowed monopolies to thrive and made government projects the conduit for the private gain of Marcos cronies. The Marcos family stashed billions of dollars in ill-gotten wealth, corruption and inefficiency in public spending were rampant, and the country sank into the abyss of foreign debt. Generations of Filipinos inherited the dire consequences of this economic disaster decades after the Marcoses left the country in disgrace.