VICE President Jejomar C. Binay told Filipinos at an open forum in Rockland County, N.Y. last Saturday that he had recommended to President Benigno Aquino that the remains of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos be buried in his hometown in Ilocos Norte with full military honors.

Binay said the President is expected to announce his decision “within this week.”

We surmise that the President will absolutely go along with Binay’s proposal.

After all, Aquino declined to make the hard decision by himself and instead tossed the ticklish issue to Binay.

Binay at the end concluded that Filipinos were against the wishes of Marcos’ family and supporters that he be interred at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, Rizal.

Which brings up the question:

Was this a done deal even before Binay went through the motion of collecting comments from political parties and a cross-section of the population?

Such a charade was unnecessary.

The President has the power to say no from the beginning and no one would have begrudged him for doing so.

But this “compromise” would only open a can of worms, instead of putting a closure to this contentious issue.

In the open forum, Binay said that he had talked with the two children of the deposed president, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and Gov. Imee Marcos, and they presumably approved of their father’s burial in Ilocos Norte.

But did he talk to the widow, Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos, who has been pleading for her husband, who died in exile in Honolulu on Sept. 28, 1989, to rest at the heroes’ cemetery?

With Marcos buried in Paoay, Ilocanos would not have to travel far and spend money to visit his tomb, Binay added.

With an eye to the rich Ilocos votes in future elections, possibly a presidential run in 2016, Binay declared, “Not all Marcos’ medals are fake.”

By the way, Binay disclosed that a Social Weather Stations survey showed that 51% of respondents favored a burial at Fort Bonifacio, while 49% were against.

Do the math.

Not all those buried at the heroes’ cemetery are heroes.

Former Sen. and Foreign Secretary Blas F. Ople is buried there.

So is journalist Max V. Soliven.

And who else?

Gen. Angelo Reyes, who was embroiled in an army payola scandal when he took his own life.

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