LAOAG CITY — To drumbeat support for the burial of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Ilocano supporters staged a four-day caravan beginning October 14 from Paoay, Ilocos Norte to the Supreme Court.
President Rodrigo Duterte himself visited Ilocos Norte just in time for the start of the Kailian March in Paoay town.
The President met with Governor Imee Marcos and provincial and town officials and reiterated his support for the burial of FEM at the LNMB.
Last August 7, 2016, President Duterte gave the green light to bury FEM at the LNMB, saying, “It is their right, because nag-go signal na ako.” This was also among his promises during the presidential campaign period.
“He was a soldier… He was a president. And nobody can deny that,” Duterte also said.
However, petitions were filed asking the Supreme Court to disallow the burial of Marcos at the LNMB.
The SC issued a temporary restraining order which was initially set for decision on September 12 and later extended to October 18.
“Sana natapos na ito noong Setyembre… subali’t ito nga, maraming naghabla, kahit sinasabi na ng Santo Papa, ni Apo Pope Francis, na ito ang Jubilee of Mercy,” Governor Marcos said.
After a unity mass at the Saint Augustine Church in Paoay, the convoy travelled to St. John the Baptist Parish Church in Badoc where they held another mass. An hour later, the group travelled to Vigan City Ilocos Sur, and arrived there at around 10:00 p.m. They held a vigil and candle-lighting with other Marcos loyalists.
On October 15, the group reached San Fernando City, La Union passing by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to pay tribute to the Filipino soldiers and guerillas who fought against the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.
The group then travelled through the provinces of Pangasinan, Tarlac, Pampanga and Bulacan on Sunday and is expected to reach Metro Manila by October 17 for a final unity mass and prayer vigil in front of the Supreme Court to call for the former president’s burial at the LNMB.
The SC is expected to release its final decision on the Marcos burial on October 18. #