Reject amity and reconciliation with the Marcoses — CPP

By CPP Information Bureau

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today called on the Filipino people to reject efforts by the Aquino government to achieve amity and reconciliation with the Marcos family, including the proposal to have the remains of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' burial grounds).

"In setting the stage for achieving amity and reconciliation with the Marcoses, Noynoy Aquino is only inviting greater contempt against his regime" said the CPP. "Reversing historical judgements against the US-Marcos dictatorship will be a grave injustice against the Filipino people."

"The Aquino regime is turning a deaf ear to the clamor for justice of the millions of victims of the US-Marcos dictatorship," pointed out the CPP. "Under Marcos' martial law regime, at least 70,000 were illegally detained while millions more suffered various forms of cruelty especially in the countryside where the military and state armed agents carried out one campaign of suppression after another."

"Noynoy Aquino is exhibiting acute historical amnesia when he failed to roundly dismiss proposals to have Marcos' remains buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani," said the CPP. "Upon Malacanang's urgings, majority of his ruling Liberal Party crossed party lines to support a congressional resolution sponsored by Marcos lackey Salvador Escudero."

According to the CPP, the Escudero resolution "is a vain attempt to distort history by portraying Marcos as a hero and statesman by completely ignoring his countless crimes against humanity and the super-plunder of the country's wealth committed under his 20-year regime. It even had the gall to resurrect Marcos' false claim of being a war hero."

"Neither Marcos, nor Imelda, nor their children nor any of his lackeys have been punished for the crimes committed under their reign," said the CPP. "Through the intervention of the US imperialists, Marcos, his family and cohorts were snatched away from the reaches of the Filipino people. Their clamor for justice and to punish the Marcoses and their cohorts, however, remain valid and strong."

"The fascist criminals of the Marcos dictatorship today continue to wield power and influence," said the CPP. "Imelda and her children now seat as officials in various branches of the reactionary government. Principal martial law implementor Juan Ponce Enrile has served as Senate President for many years now." The CPP also pointed out that Sens. Panfilo Lacson and Gregorio Honasan were then lieutenants in the military who subjected anti-Marcos activists to water cure, electrocution and other forms of torture and physical abuse.

"For the past 25 years, the legacy of fascist crimes and plunder under the Marcos dictatorship has been practically obliterated from the consciousness of the new generations of Filipinos by the failure of the successive regimes to prosecute and punish Marcos and his minions," said the CPP.

The CPP said "reactionary politicians will do all they can to forge reconciliation and amity among themselves as they belong to the same rotten class of exploiters, plunderers and fascists."

"Not one among the big bureacrat criminals of the past governments — from Marcos to Arroyo — has been meted out just punishment," said the CPP. "All of the ruling regimes fear should they do so, they will be setting standards which will ultimately catch up with them."