Gazmin has no qualms on military honors for FM

DEFENSE Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Tuesday, June 7, said that he sees no problem in providing military honors for former strongman and deposed President Ferdinand Marcos, whose burial remains a strong political issue 20 years after his death.

The defense chief said that the Armed Forces (AFP) is ready to provide the necessary military honors for Marcos, whose remains is kept in a refrigerated crypt in Ilocos Norte, if the President Benigno Aquino III so desires.

Vice President Jejomar Binay has already submitted his recommendation to President Aquino, whose father was jailed during the Marcos years, recommending full-military honors for the former strongman.

But the defense secretary maintained that the burial issue for the former president still remains a political issue and giving military honors will still depend on the decision of the commander in chief.

“Well, it will depend on how President Aquino will take the recommendation and if he will give to us, then we will implement,” Gazmin said. Anthony Vargas

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