FORMER Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. hopes that the burial of his father, the late President Ferdinand Sr., will lead the nation towards healing.
“We endeavor to move the country forward to give every Filipino a better life,” said Marcos.
He said that the Marcos family is grateful to the Supreme Court for upholding the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to allow the burial of Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LnmB).
“We are deeply grateful to the Supreme Court for its decision to allow the burial of my father, former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Once again, the Supreme Court has taken a magnanimous act to uphold the rule of law,” he said.
“We also would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte as his unwavering commitment to this issue sustained us these past several months. Our family will forever be thankful for his kind gesture,” said Marcos.
On the other hand, Sen. Risa Hontiveros believes that the Supreme Court decision is not executory. “The decision to give the late dictator a hero’s burial is still in the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte.”
“I call on the President to respond to the challenge of history and reject with finality all plans to give Marcos a hero’s burial. I ask him to rise above his indebtedness and loyalty to the Marcos family,” she said.
Lawmakers led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the SC decision was a call on Filipinos to unite.
“The rule of law prevailed over partisan emotions,” Alvarez said.
Minority Leader Danilo Suarez appealed to the anti-Marcos groups to move on and forget the issue that has divided the nation.
“It’s about time that we allow the burial of President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Let us bury emotions once and for all,” Suarez said in a text message.
Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco asked people to respect the decision of the High Tribunal.
“I have been always consistent in saying that we should always respect the wisdom of the ruling of the Supreme Court at all times,” Tiangco said.
Other solons however expressed disappointment over the decision, saying that a dictator could never become a hero.
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said motions for reconsideration are in order for a reversal of the majority decision.
The House Minority Magnificent 7 will file a motion for reconsideration.
Malacañang yesterday said the decision of the Supreme Court allowing a hero’s burial for the late President Ferdinand Marcos has affirmed the Duterte administration’s position on the issue.
In a statement to reporters, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo said he expected the SC to validate their theory.
“As I have expected the ruling validates our theory that the law and the regulations allow the burial of ex-Presidents and soldiers in the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” he said.
Panelo added that he hoped the SC decision would help Filipinos move forward from an emotional issue that has been divisive for the country for years.
“Hopefully, the decision will put to rest the opposition to the burial of Marcos. It’s about time the nation moved on and confronted the more pressing concerns of the country rather than linger on an emotional issue that is unproductive as it is divisive,” Panelo said.
AFP on SC ruling
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) respects the decision of the Supreme Court allowing the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
AFP-Public Affairs Office (PAO) chief Colonel Edgard Arevalo said the AFP will follow the court decision and perform their duty as mandated by law.
“The AFP respects and will abide by the decision of the Court and will perform what the military will be mandated to do,” Arevalo said.
He said as of press time they still did not have a copy of the decision of the Court and only learned of it from the news.
For his part, Philippine Army spokesman Colonel Benjamin Hao said that the Philippine Army will wait for the formal order from the AFP and Department of National Defense (DND) on the matter.
“We will be on standby & await the instruction or orders coming from the DND and AFP General HQ,” Hao said.
With Jester P. Manalastas, EMontano, Zaida Delos Reyes-Palanca