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Duterte still getting a lot of heat for giving hero’s burial to Marcos: Patay na ‘yung tao, ano pa ba gusto ninyo?

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One of President Rodrigo Duterte’s maxims is never to kick a man when he’s down. Or in former President Ferdinand Marcos’ case, when he’s dead.

Nearly two years after ordering the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Duterte continued to justify his vastly unpopular decision to end the Marcoses’ 28-year wait to bury their patriarch.

“It’s not because I’m friends with them. I don’t have any political connections with the Marcoses. But there is a law which says you can bury a president and soldier there. Marcos was qualified. And I’m a lawyer, so as a matter of course, I had him buried there. I allowed it because that’s the law,” said Duterte in a speech.

Duterte anti-Marcos critics, both young and old, have badgered him ever since for making a mockery of the heroes buried at Libingan and for giving tribute to a dictator.

“Ever since the burial, they’ve been a nuisance. The person is already dead. He can’t answer. What else do you want? The person is already down,” he said.

“For me, when someone is already down, I stop,” he added.