“LIABILITY is always personal,” President Rodrigo Duterte said as he urged human rights victims during Martial Law to file a case against the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
“… And for those who have been somehow hurt or injured that they can take some other, for those detained for so long and suffering, they have this option to file a case against the late President Marcos,” Duterte said on the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Lima , Peru.
Duterte insisted he was only following the law when he gave his nod to Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.
“You know, the sins cannot visit the children. And liability is always personal. That’s a principle of law na sinusunod natin. Sana at the day of the burial, they might just want also to stretch more of their understanding of what happened to our country,” Duterte said. He stressed he was only just being legalistic.
“It’s been there floating like a flotsam. We have to decide once and for all. President Marcos was a president for so long and he was a soldier. That’s about it. Whether or not he performed worse or better, there’s no study, there’s no movie about it. It’s just the challenges and allegations of the other side, which is not enough,” the President said.
Meanwhile, it was learned President Duterte sent flowers to the “hushed burial” of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella had said that Duterte was unaware of the exact date set for the burial of Marcos as he parried criticism of the president over the controversial interment of the late president at the national cemetery.
‘Respect SC ruling’
Just respect the Supreme Court.
This was the appeal of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to the protesters who are expressing anger and objection to the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
In a statement, Alvarez said the SC already ruled that Marcos can be buried in the LNMB since he is a former soldier.
“We are a government of laws and not of men. This cardinal principle of a democratic system is the basis of the Supreme Court ruling allowing the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Alvarez said.
“We should respect its decision as the final arbiter of all constitutional and legal issues,” he added.
Right after the Marcos burial protests erupted in Metro Manila and other places with protesters saying Filipinos were deceived when the Duterte administration kept secret the plan to inter the deceased strongman in the heroes’ cemetery.
The administration is well aware that some sectors are vehemently opposed to the Marcos burial at the Libingan. They can express their grievances as part of freedom of speech and of expression and they can freely exercise their right to peacefully assemble to articulate their sentiments,” Alvarez said.
“This is part and parcel of our democratic tradition and the government will uphold these fundamental freedoms and right enshrined in our Constitution,” he added.
Bus loads of Marcos loyalists trooped to Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) to pay their respects to the late president following his surreptitious burial at the national cemetery yesterday.
The Marcos loyalists, clad in red and white T-shirts on board at least 70 passenger buses, came from different parts of the Ilocos regon and arrived as early as 7 a.m. then held a mass at 8 a.m. sharp.
Guillermo Regnon, Barangay Captain of Currimao, Ilocos Norte, said they immediately rushed to Manila anticipating that their arrival late in the night, after they learned that former President Ferdinand Marcos was set to be buried at LNMB.
“Nais lamang namin matignan kung saan inihimlay ang dating Pangulo. Hindi naman kami magtatagal dito siguro ngayon maghapon lang kami dito at agad na kaming babalik sa Ilocos,” said Regnon who was with hundreds of Marcos loyalist who patiently waited at the gate of the cemetery.
Two hours after or at 10 a.m. Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos, former senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos, former first lady Imelda Marcos and other relatives also arrived and another mass followed.
The Marcos loyalists who had waited at the gate of the cemetery were eventually allowed inside after Gov. Marcos gave the go-signal to let them in.