The Martial Law issue is not about two political names but it involves thousands of families that are suffering until now, Sen. Bam Aquino insisted.
“Nahihiya ako kapag sinasabi na ito’y issue lang ng Aquino at Marcos. Nahihiya ako sa libu-libong namatay, sa libu-libong nawala, sa libu-libong na-torture,” said Sen. Bam.
“Ang isyu po ng libing ni dating pangulong Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani ay hindi lang isyu ng ilang pamilya. Hindi lang po ito isyu ng mga biktima ng Martial Law, kundi isyu ng ating bayan at ng ating kasaysayan,” he added.
Sen. Bam made the manifestation during the Senate vote on the resolution expressing that the crimes of former President Ferdinand Marcos to the Republic render him unfit to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Eight senators, including Sen. Bam, voted in favor of the resolution but it was not adopted after it failed to garner 11 votes needed to reach a majority.
The outcome did not deter Sen. Bam to reiterate his earlier call that the Senate speak out on the matter of national significance, like the Supreme Court decision on the Marcos burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“Tama lang po na may sabihin tayo tungkol sa isyu na ito,” Sen. Bam emphasized.
Earlier, Sen. Bam expressed disappointment over the SC decision, saying it focused only on technicalities and did not give weight on historical facts about what happened during the Martial Law era.
“Technically correct, pero historically wrong ang nangyaring desisyon,” the senator said.