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Christians have a duty not only to forgive, but to first seek justice

Marcos and the need to forgive

Students from a Catholic school in Manila walk out of their classes to protest the burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the country's cemetery for heroes. (Photo by Angie de Silva)

Jayeel Serrano Cornelio, Manila

November 25, 2016

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He divided the nation before, and he continues to divide it to this day.

As students and martial law victims protested his burial, Ferdinand Marcos' defenders preached that it was only proper for Filipinos to give respect to the dead. They also preached that it was time for the nation to move on.

The truth is, it won't be very easy for many Filipinos to simply move on. The atrocities of the past are still fresh in the memory of the victims and their families. But the Marcos family has taken advantage of the Supreme Court's ruling that there was no legal barrier against burying him in Manila's Heroes' Cemetery. That it happened so fast — like a thief in the night according to the vice president — was a double insult.

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