“CLOSING this chapter in our history by burying the remains of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani is for the best interest of the nation.”
House Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danny Suarez stressed this yesterday as he expressed strong belief that the Supreme Court (SC) at the proper time will allow the burial of the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.
Suarez said the SC issuance of a 20-day status quo ante order (SQAO) stopping the hero’s burial for Marcos that was earlier set on September 18, 2016 as ordered by President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte was just a temporary setback.
“At the end of the day, I believe the SC will decide in favor of the request of Marcos family to bury the remains of the former President at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Suarez said.
The Quezon lawmaker said the SC just gave the petitioners the opportunity to present their arguments.
“But this does not mean that the SC is against the burial at the moment, the decision was intended to give the complainants the chance to present their side as part of judicial process,” said Suarez.
Deputy Speaker and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro welcomed the SC order “as part of judicial process.”
“The SC in issuing a status quo ante order simply wanted the relationship of the parties stayed; it is not a decision or adjudication of the case on the merits but, simply, preserving the status unchanged,” Castro said. “The SC normally issues this nature of order to hear and hear the arguments of the parties before deciding the case on the merits. It is part of due process.”
Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu said the public should follow President Duterte’s statement that he would respect whatever the SC decision.
“Following the earlier pronouncement of the President, we should respect whatever the ruling of the Supreme Court is,” said Abu.
Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, president of the Party List coalition (PLC), said the SC’s order is “a good respite from all the wrangling and heated debates brought about by a highly divisive issue like the Marcos burial.”
“Above all else, it is a bright hope for the Duterte administration not to be blamed for this controversy,” he said.
On Tuesday, the SC issued a SQAO that prevented the Duterte government to push for 20 days or until September 12 from proceeding with the burial of Marcos at the LNMB in Taguig City.
The SC rescheduled to August 31 its oral argument on the six consolidated petitions against the burial.