“Marcos is a murderer and a thief not a hero. We reject any plan to give a hero’s burial for the fascist dictator behind the mass murder of workers, peasants and activists and the massive plunder of the Filipino people’s taxes,” said KMU chairperson Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog in a statement.
Joining Martial Law victims and other sectoral organizations in a People’s Caravan against Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the labor leader insisted that giving a hero’s burial for Marcos would be an injustice to the countless victims of extra-judicial killings and other human rights violations under his fascist dictatorial regime.
“A hero’s burial for Marcos would be an injustice to all victims of his fascist rule. If there is anything President Duterte should be busying himself with regarding the Marcoses, it should be giving justice to the victims of atrocities during Martial Law and the return of the Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth,” Labog said.
The KMU chairperson also said that burying Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani was a betrayal to the Filipino workers’ and people’s history and struggle for genuine democracy, freedom and social change.
“Hundreds of unionists and labor leaders have been killed for asserting workers’ rights during Martial Law. To claim that Marcos was a hero is to betray the real heroes and martyrs of the Filipino workers and people who gave sacrificed their lives in fighting for genuine democracy, freedom and social change in the country,” he added.
KMU meanwhile called on Filipino workers to oppose Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani saying to forego his crimes against workers and people now would give way to worse Marcosian fascist dictatorships in the future.