This was how the militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) reacted to the decision of the Supreme Court paving the way for the burial of the remains of the late former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“Today is a dark day in history as nine Supreme Court Justices opted to throw away all the sacrifices and hardships endured by Filipinos and the entire nation during the terror years of Marcos’ martial rule,” KMP said in a statement.
It lamented that “Supreme Court Justices Velasco, Leonardo-De Castro, Peralta, Bersamin, Del Castillo, Perez, Brion, Perlas-Bernabe and Mendoza opted to betray the nation who fought hard to uphold and restore democracy in the country.”
Condemning the decision, the KMP stressed that “Marcos is not a hero.”
“He orchestrated the PD 27 which perpetuated the landlessness of farmers that continue until today. He ordered the killing of thousands of farmers, workers and activists who fought against the dictatorship. He trampled on the country’s democracy and press freedom. He plundered the national coffers and enriched his family and cronies who all landlords and bureaucrat capitalists,” the KMP statement said.
KMP said “there is no moving on from the grave social injustices, human rights abuses, decades of poverty, unemployment and exploitation that spawned during the Marcos regime.”
It warned that “the SC ruling will never heal the wounds of the past. It will only convince farmers and the broad masses to struggle hard to achieve genuine change, democracy and justice.”