No state burial for Marcos -- Aquino

Thea Alberto-Masakayan
Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has spoken: there will be no state honors for former president Ferdinand Marcos despite recommendations from Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Speaking before foreign correspondents, Aquino stressed rendering honors for Marcos would be "the height of injustice" for human rights victims during the martial law era.

"It would be really, I think, the height of injustice to render any honors to the person who was the direct mastermind of all their suffering," Aquino said Wednesday.

Aquino said he has yet to communicate this decision to Binay who earlier recommended military honors in lieu of a Libingan ng mga Bayani burial for Marcos.

"With regards to the Marcos burial, you know, in all honesty—and I think I will have to communicate this to the Vice President, I apologize, he’s been doing the study on my behalf; he had a recommendation--and it was recently called to my attention again, we have so many victims of the Martial Law years, who have not gotten even a recognition formally from this government, from our government and they were victims," Aquino said.

The President noted victims 'have not been accorded an apology" and legislation on their compensation bill has yet to be passed.

"So I think I will not, I am sanctioning—not under my watch—sanctioning a burial for the late President Marcos," Aquino emphasized.

Marcos whose war medals are also under scrutiny won't also get military honors.

"I think you cannot divorce what happened during the Martial Law years with the totality of his, you know, of his public life," Aquino said.

He noted that if Marcos would be accorded honors for slain military officer, "it serves as a wrong message—demeans the honors given to others of a similar nature—to render the same to a person that has inflicted such suffering on our people after having promised to serve them."

Meanwhile, Binay said he is respecting the President's decision.

"It is the prerogative of the President and we must all accept, respect and support his decision," said Binay in a separate statement.