Hijacking heroism: Ferdinand Marcos and his burial
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Hero's funeral for former Philippine dictator 'vindicates his regime and the atrocities of the Martial Law period'
The plan to bury former give a hero's burial to former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos divides the country. A recent survey shows that some 50 percent of Filipinos think Marcos is not worthy to be buried in Manila's Heroes' Cemetery. (Photo by Eli Sepe)
Heroism is a grand feat for its very enemy can only be as grand. All over the world, heroes are giants of history because they lived — and died — for causes beyond the self.
Such causes are so big that to die for them are no longer rational to the unheroic.
Independence, sovereignty, and liberty are powerful ideas that define the freedom of not just one person but a nation. And yet, that a person dies for the nation is incomprehensible to many.
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