Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was tasked by President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino to submit a recommendation about the matter months back, said the Marcos family already agreed to an Ilocos Norte burial.
"Pumayag na ang Marcos family na sa Ilocos ilibing si dating Pangulong Marcos," Binay said in a statement Tuesday.
The much-delayed burial might also happen anytime soon.
"Yong ikalawang part (military honors) na lang yung dapat nating plantsahin at malapit nang mangyari ‘yon," said Binay.
As for the Marcos family, Senator Bongbong Marcos said they have yet to receive "official communication" from Malacanang.
"The family has not received any word from Noynoy about it so the family has nothing to react to. But we are always open to any compromise, proposals," the Senator said.
Joey Salgado, Binay's spokesman, had said the Marcos family "did not object" to an Ilocos burial, even before the recommendation to Aquino was made.
Salgado said there were representatives from the Marcos family during the negotiations.
Marcos died in Hawaii on September 28, 1989 due to kidney failure. His body was returned to the Philippines in 1993, almost a decade after his ouster.
His embalmed corpse is still in a mausoleum in Batac, Ilocos Norte.
When we went to where Former President Marcos was laid to rest.. It gave me goosebumps while we were there. He is in a glass casket and I was afraid that any minute now he would rise and be a mummy! (We were staying at an Inn in Vigan and I was afraid that a ghost would hunt me and so my paranoia was in a high mode and them we went to Marcos burial place and whoa!) It was really creepy!
I think it does not really matter where he should be buried. He needs to be buried in order for his soul to rest. And his family should put their dreams of having him buried in the "Libingan ng mga bayani"(Cemetery for our National Heroes) as dreams because it would never happen. If he was buried there I think that would caused an upheaval in the citizen and even though P-Noy made Binay to have some sort of a decision on where he should be buried we all know that he will not really make his Father's enemy (and it was speculated long ago that the master mind of Ninoy's assassination is Marcos himself or his wife, Imelda) be buried on heroes burial place.
I think it would be more appropriate for him to be buried in Ilocos since his people love him and his family so much and until now are loyal to the Marcos Family. Some of my Family are Marcos supporters and even though he was corrupt he did made some great project and until now we are still using them. The roads, bridges and buildings during his reign are still sturdy. He may be corrupt but he is a very affective leader. If he was not greedy I think our country would have been more prosperous now.
With all this talk and debate on where he should be buried I think it does not matter. I think Marcos Family would only want to have him buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani as a matter of pride.
His family should just let it go and just bury him in Ilocos.