Migrante International said that overseas Filipinos and their families join other sectors in strongly opposing the Duterte government’s plan to bury the remains of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“Marcos is no hero. Generations upon generations of overseas Filipinos and immigrants know this, especially those who were forced to flee the country in fear of their lives during Martial Law. Siya ang dahilan kung bakit maraming mga kababayan natin ang nawalay sa kanilang mga pamilya noong Batas Militar,” said Mic Catuira, Migrante International Acting Secretary-General.
Catuira said that Marcos, his widow and his family remain an international disgrace to Filipinos around the world for all the crimes and transgressions they caused the Filipino people during the former president’s dictatorship.
The migrant leader also pointed out that it was during Marcos’ time that the labor export policy was institutionalized.
“Now, four decades after, our OFWs continue to bear the brunt of this policy that has placed the domestic economy hostage to neoliberal dictates and the exploitation of our cheap labor. Burying Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani is a grave injustice and insult to our living heroes, our OFWs.” ###