A professor from Far Eastern University claims that the outcry for former president and dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, was undeserved, especially when compared to the heroic ceremony during the burial of former president Corazon Aquino.
In a post made on his personal account, Francis Rae Quilantang claimed that he covered the burial of Cory Aquino as a reporter.
He states that while Aquino was not buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, her funeral service was an ‘elaborate holiday parade’ fit for a hero. Quilantang states that Aquino did not deserve this send off.
“...I was there nung nilibing si Cory Aquino, I covered it as a reporter. 'di man po sya nilibing sa LNMB, pero ang ginawang seremonya ay mas parang pang "bayani" pa nga. Engrande, pinarada sa metro manila, may flower confetti, holiday pa. And I don't see anyone protesting... (si Willie Revillame lang ata) ” Quilantang says.
The professor claims that Aquino had committed crimes herself and that all past presidents, herself included, have used their position to further their own agendas.
According to Quilantang, “Hindi po sa sinasabi ko agad na porket anti-Marcos ka ay Pro-Aquino ka na, pero be fair din naman, pare-parehas lang silang may kasalanan sa lipunan, may mga human rights violations, corruption issues (sorry, pero tanga na lang siguro maniniwalang walang ninakaw si Cory Aquino, o 'di nya nagamit ang posisyon nya para sa sariling kapakanan.”
“Same goes with all the Presidents) pero sinisingle out nyo ung iisang tao. Dapat pati ung ibang may kasalan din, hindi ung namimili ka lang. Gumising ka at imulat mo din ang mga mata sa iba pang katotohanan. ” He added.
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He has taken a neutral stance on the issue between the Aquinos and Marcoses, saying he’s neither Pro/Anti Marcos or Pro/Anti Aquino.
Quilantang is a self-described ‘observer’ and a ‘student of various ideas and information.’ The professor says a person cannot love everything about a president. To do so would be fanaticism and that people need to be diverse with their opinions.
He also added this statement when he singled out both Marcos and Aquino:
“Sa mga nagsasabing bakit Marcos at Aquino lang nabanggit ko. Sila lang po kasi ang mga presidenteng patay na, na naabutan nating nakararame (pati libing) at tila nagbibigay ng malaking kaguluhan. Kung patay na po si Ramos idadamay ko din sya.”
“Sa mga nagsasabing "false dichotomy". Tama po kayo... Un ang essence ng post ko. Diverse po utak natin, 'di lang po pula-puti (pula-dilaw).”
Read his full post here.
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