BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is questioning President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to bury former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Pushing more, the CPP is beginning to question if the president is really a leftist as he claims.
If Duterte stands by his decision to allow the Marcos burial, the CPP said it "will bring to question his own assertions of being a Leftist considering that the Marcos dictatorship is the epitome of the anti-Left."
The communist movement, which is undertaking peace negotiations with the government through the National Democratic Front, warned Duterte against fulfilling an election promise to the Marcoses in exchange for financial and political support.
“The Marcoses would resent such an unfulfilled promise, but such will be incomparable to the deep indignation that will be stirred among the Filipino people,” the CPP said in a statement.
They added that the move will be considered as an act of contempt against the Filipino people's historic judgment against the Marcos dictatorship.
"(The president) would virtually be spitting on the graves of the tens of thousands of martyrs who laid down their lives in the struggle to end the puppet, brutal and rotten Marcos dictatorship,” the statement read.
For more than three decades, the CPP said that Filipinos have sought justice for all the crimes perpetrated by the late dictator, his wife and children, including his cronies, "who all invariably played nefarious roles under the Marcos dictatorship.”
“If Duterte allows Marcos’ body to be dug-up from Ilocos Norte and re-interred with hero’s burial, he would have provided the Marcoses with the ultimate act of rehabilitation,” the CPP added.