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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Binay appeals for more time on burial issue

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Jejomar Binay appealed Thursday for more time in deciding whether the remains of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos should be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig, saying that his priority for now is the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in troubled Middle East countries.

The Vice President who is also the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers' Concerns is scheduled to leave for Kuwait this afternoon to look into the situation of OFWs in the Middle East, per instruction from President Aquino.

The President has asked Binay to decide on the issue of burying Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani citing his “personal bias” on the matter.

President Aquino said he has decided to inhibit himself from deciding on the matter and will let “somebody who has less personal attachment” to decide on it.

"He asked me to form a committee (that will decide on the issue). So let's see," Binay said at a press briefing at his home in Barangay San Antonio, Makati City Thursday afternoon. (JC Bello Ruiz)


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