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Campaign on for soldiers’ wives burial at Heroes’ Cemetery

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By Joel Guinto
Last updated 02:36pm (Mla time) 11/02/2007

MANILA, Philippines — Saying wives are heroes in their own right, a retired general’s wife is spearheading a campaign to allow soldiers’ wives to be buried with their husbands at the Libingan ng mga Bayani [Heroes Cemetery].

Carmencita Dulig, 66, said she had the assurance of Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita that Malacañang would consider her proposal once she has secured 10,000 signatures.

But Dulig said only “legal” and “original” wives like herself, who have had their “share of hardship” with their husbands, should be buried beside their spouses at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“The husband can’t be a hero without the wife. How can they work if the woman does not look after them? Who takes care of their children? How else can they have peace of mind while they are away?” said Dulig, the wife of Brigadier General Melendrino Dulig.

Dulig said she has collected “many” signatures, but refused to reveal exactly how many.

Presidents, secretaries of defense, active and retired soldiers, World War 2 veterans, national artists, and any other person approved by the President can be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, said Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres Jr., Army spokesman.

Spouses of Presidents, the secretaries of national defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) can also be buried beside their husbands or wives in the Heroes’ Cemetery, Torres said.

The spouses of soldiers, veterans, and national artists are not allotted space, but they can be cremated and their urns buried on top of their spouses’ coffins, said Colonel Joel Ermita, chief of the Army’s grave services unit.

In his television program “Kawal” on state-run NBN television on Thursday night, Lieutenant Colonel Bartolome Bacarro, military spokesman, said the military was planning to set up Heroes’ Cemeteries in the Visayas and Mindanao.

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