VOTING 9-5, the Supreme Court allowed the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani as ordered by no less than President Duterte. The decision came out on the anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda as if reminding us all that this government can be as destructive.
Reacting to the High Court’s ruling, the dictator’s eldest daughter Imee said, “’Wag na tayong magdebate. Kung anuman ang ating galit, hinanakit sa inyong puso, let it go.” Imee’s reaction and the late dictator’s body have something in common: frozen.
Petitioners will ask the Supreme Court to reconsider. Looking at history, the nine justices won’t likely reverse. They revise.
Nine justices of the Supreme Court allowed the burial of dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The nine justices have been invited to write for the government’s Official Gazette.
Citing Marcos’s human rights record during martial law, Sen. Grace Poe said the late dictator should not be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. It was the harshest reaction yet from a member of the Marcos family.
Meanwhile, world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao told the media, “Ang Panginoon nga nakakapagpatawad, tayo pa kaya?” proving yet again that talking to him is a complete waste of time.
The Supreme Court voted to allow the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Marcos’s grandson, Sandro hailed the decision saying it “makes sense in the long term, at least for now.”
After months of waiting, the Supreme Court has decided to allow the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Finally, Marcos loyalists believe, his spirit can now “cross over.” Yup! To hell.
Security will be tight during the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos. The only thing tighter will be Imelda’s face.
“Lack of accountability weakens democracy, justice, human rights, and international security.”
~Widad Akreyi, Danish human right activist
“For the Court to pretend that the present dispute is a simple question of the entitlement of a soldier to a military burial is to take a regrettably myopic view of the controversy. It would be to disregard historical truths and legal principles that persist after death. As important, it would be to degrade the State’s duty to recognize the pain of countless victims of Marcos and Martial Law. Regardless of the promised national unity that the proposed burial will bring, I cannot, in good conscience, support such an expedient and shortsighted view of Philippine history.”
~Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno
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[Photos: Imee Marcos: Danny Pata/GMA News; LNMB: Corregidor.com]