"To be entitled to be buried in that particular piece of land, you don't have to die in battle because there are many recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor who are still living today," he explained. "Let's assume that all [of Marcos'] medals.... 90 percent of his medals are fake. One medal will entitle you to be buried there."
"The trouble in this country is we hate other people. We do not know how to forgive people," said Enrile, who served as Marcos' Justice Secretary and then Defense Minister until he played a part in the People Power Revolt that ended the dictatorship.
"Tama na itong Marcos hating. It will destroy the innards and the conscience, and the emotions of this country. You cannot erase Marcos in the history of this country."
Proclamation No. 1081
Enrile, meanwhile admitted that he had facilitated the declaration of Martial Law in 1972, having done the legal homework for the proclamation. He was Justice Secretary at the time.
"Because I agreed with President Marcos that the country was dysfunctional at that time," he insisted.
He argued further that the reason for the declaration of Martial Law, the now infamous Proclamation No. 1081, was the alleged threat of communism.
However, when it was pointed out that it was Marcos' opponents, among them former Senators Lorenzo Tañada and Benigno Aquino Jr., who were arrested under Martial Law, Enrile insisted that communists had penetrated the clergy, the media, the studentry, labor organizations, and farming groups.
"You know the communist movement in the world operated on action, a united front, and they gather what they call fellow travelers. They're not ideologues but they want to ride on a movement and so they were caught in the net when the government reacts," said Enrile.
On the supposed assassination attempt on his life on September 1972, one of the supposed triggers for the declaration of Martial Law, Enrile said, "I did not stage it. Period, that's all. But it happened."
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