The Supreme Court (SC) finally allowed the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (LNMB). The decision was made this Tuesday, November 8 via a 9-5 ruling from the high court. But while the Marcos family and their long-time loyalists are celebrating, below are interesting reactions of some Liberal Party (LP) politicians.
Shortly after noon, the SC dismissed all seven cases opposing the proposed Marcos burial after extending its status quo ante order (SQAO) twice. The controversial decision finally ended the 23 years of waiting after the remains of the late president were flown in to the Philippines from Guam. It also sided with President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of the burial.
Out of the 15 SC magistrates, Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes decided to inhibit.himself from the case. The nine of them who voted for the Marcos burial are Associate Justices Arturo Brion, Presbitero Velasco Jr, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Jose Perez, Teresita de Castro, Jose Mendoza, and Estela Perlas-Bernabe.
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On the other hand, those who voted against are Associate Justices Marvic Leonen, Francis Jardeleza, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, and SC Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Reyes did not give specific reasons for his inhibition, but he was the one who administered the oath of President Duterte last June.
Ferdinand Marcos was ousted via the 1986 People Power Revolution, and was replaced by the late Corazon Aquino, the mother of former president Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino. The so-called strongman was exciled in Hawaii, and died there on September 28, 1989 at the age of 72. And as we promised, here are the sentiments from some of the bleeding hearts.
VP Leni Robredo’s reaction on Marcos burial
Sen. Risa Hontiveros’ reaction on Marcos burial
Sen. Bam Aquino’s reaction on Marcos burial
Sen. Kiko Pangilinan’s reaction on Marcos burial
Shortly after the release of the SC ruling, SC Spokesperson Theodore Te announced the reasons cited by the justices for allowing the Marcos burial, which includes the following:
1. There is no law that prohibits the burial, as mentioned earlier by President Duterte.
2. There is no law that prevents President Duterte from allowing the Libingan ng mga Bayani to be used by Marcos.
3. Ferdinand Marcos was former commander-in-chief, a former secretary of National Defense, and a former soldier.
4. The late president has not been convicted by any final judgment, and the cases cited were all civil in nature.