MANILA, Oct. 12 (PNA) -– Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said on Wednesday that he understands the feelings of President Benigno Aquino III when the Chief Executive turned down possible state funeral for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos under his administration.
”I would understand the feelings of the President. He is the son of the man who was slain,” the veteran lawmaker said, referring to former senator Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino Jr.
Ninoy Aquino, one of the top critics of former President Marcos, was assassinated at the tarmac of the former Manila International Airport upon his arrival from a three-year exile on August 21, 1983.
”Well, you have to understand that that’s a very sensitive issue as far as the two families are concerned and I think we have to understand him and respect his feelings,” Enrile said.
Enrile, one of the government leaders who spearheaded ouster move that forced Marcos to leave the country in 1986, said the Marcos family should not take it against the President.
”You know that’s natural reaction of a son who loves his father. You cannot separate that feeling. That will linger on,” Enrile said.
Before the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), President Aquino reportedly said there will be no state funeral or any kind of state honors for the former dictator.
“I will not be sanctioning a burial for the late President Marcos,” the President said.
Marcos’ son, Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. expressed dismay over the non-granting of state funeral for his father.
”It’s not an act of a leader who should promote unity for this country,” Marcos said.