The Bangsamoro is the most hit hard, devastated, ravaged and traumatized people by the declaration of Martial rule under former president Ferdinand Marcos. More than 100 thousand Bangsamoro were killed and millions displaced. Their diaspora began when their homeland was heavily militarized. Many of them are now scattered in cities to escape violence, far away from home and families and in a new cultural environment alien from theirs. Under martial rule, the Bangsamoro were politically disenfranchised, economically marginalized, culturally alienated and socially dis-integrated. Others became more permanent refugees in other countries.
Massacres, notably those in Jabiddah, Palembang, Tacub and Manili among others happened during the time of Marcos. Tortures, hamleting, destruction of houses and religious structures, defamation of their women and forced evacuation are among the legacy of impunity and violence committed by the Marcos dictatorship against the Bangsamoro. These are the past but also the present because until now, these human rights violations and injustices have not been addressed.
The Bangsamoro Diaspora has not yet returned to their homeland because there is no guarantee that those violence, whose roots have not been resolved, will not recur. Those who have lost their lands became marginalized. Victims of massacres are still crying for reparation and justices.
For the Bangsamoro, Marcos is not a hero, he was a cause of miseries. To bury him in the Libingan ng mga Bayani belies the real meaning of hero’s burial. Our country needs national unity, healing and reconciliation. But these can only happen when we are able to transform our society and give justice to where justice is due.
We, the member-network of Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS), hereby register our opposition to the burial of Marcos in the Libingan ng mga bayani until justice to the Bangsamoro is served.
Guiamel M. Alim
Chair, Council of Leaders
Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society(CBCS)