For heaven’s sake: Let’s lay FM to rest at the Libingan

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THE Supreme Court on Tuesday decided—rejecting all the contrary petitions—that the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ remains cannot be disqualified from being buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the Heroes Cemetery. It was not a unanimous decision. Nine of the Supremes voted against the petitions, five voted in favor.

The High Court gave five reasons for the decision:
1. President Rodrigo Duterte committed no abuse of discretion in allowing the interment of Mr. Marcos at the LNMB as the petitioners claimed. Deciding on, and giving orders on who should be buried at the Heroes Cemetery is well within the President’s powers. And he has acted lawfully, for there is no law that prohibits the burial of Mr. Marcos’ remains at the LNMB.

2. President Duterte has the power to reserve for public use and for specific public purposes, any of the lands under public domain, like the LNMB.

3. Mr. Marcos’ remains, under the regulations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, deserve to be interred at LNMB because he was a former president of our Republic and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, a soldier who actually saw action, a medal of valor awardee, and a former member of the Philippine Congress both in the House of Representatives and in the Senate.


4. The Supreme Court nixed the petitioners’ contentions that Mr. Marcos was “dishonorably discharged” by virtue of his ouster from the presidency. The Supremes made it clear that dishonorable discharge is purely a military procedure and no such dishonor befell Ferdinand Marcos.

5. Mr. Marcos cannot be disqualified from burial at LNMB because he was not convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude.

The nine justices who voted to junk the petitions and by so doing declined to deprive the late President Ferdinand Marcos of a basic honor due him were 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.

The five justices who agreed with the petitioners to block Mr. Marcos’ burial at the LNMB – thereby appearing to have decided to follow the anti-Marcos political line of the so-called Yellow Army of “Coryistas” and “Aquino-istas” — were Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Associate Justices Marvic Mario Victor Leonen, Francis Jardeleza, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.

Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes recused himself from the case.

It seems that most of those who petitioned the SC to block the former president’s interment at the Libingan will accept the decision without filing an appeal.

But some have hinted on taking “more moves.” We hope the more forgiving and less combative side prevails.

When the petition of the Marcos-haters was being heard by the High Court, Solicitor General Jose Calida told the Supremes that Mr. Marcos should be interred at the LNMB where the remains of former presidents should properly be because today there is no longer a “national trauma” caused by martial law. He cited to prove his point the almost successful run for vice-president of Ferdinand Marcos’ son and namesake, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos who got as much as 14 million votes.

But this is precisely what the anti-Marcos political camp hates.

They don’t want the Marcoses and their allies to continue regaining electoral strength. That this is sure to happen is presaged by Senator Marcos’ feats and success as an outstanding new senator.

Having former President Marcos’ body barred from the Libingan ng mga Bayani is one way of reminding the public of the late FM’s having been the “Martial Law Dictator.”

May the family of former President Ferdinand Marcos, we pray, soon be able to bury him at the Libingan.

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  1. Presidents Quezon, Macapagal and Quirino are all at the LNMB; and they are not heroes just for the fact that they are previous presidents of the Republic. If you argue that Mr. Marcos is not a hero and granted he is not, but he had a medal of valor, but he was the President of our country at one point of time. Look guys, just because you hate Mr. Marcos you cannot impose your will to the rest of the country. Our President and the SC agreed to inter Mr. Marcos to the LNMB. Give some respect to our President and the SC. Why take this issue personally? Will you die if he is interred at the LNMB? He is dead already and please give him some respect as a dead person. I know of a clan who is doing everything to stop his interment at the LNMB. I hope you are not one of them. Being vindictive is not Godly. Not everything about Mr. Marcos is bad anyway, he also built infrastructures not done by the previous president.

  2. Bury Marcos on Christmas Day.
    No traffic re-routing. No street blockades.
    Limited police and military escorts.
    Provide normal-sized plot.
    No government-sponsored ceremony.
    No foreign delegations.
    Invited government officials should attend as civilian guests.
    No pompous ritual except for a soldier’s burial.
    No permit for PRO and ANTI-MARCOS rallies.
    Housekeeping courtesy of the Marcos family.
    No guards after burial (whether government-paid or private guards).

  3. The Aquinos has been accusing the Marcoses of all kinds of anomalies — from the bombing of Plaza Miranda to the assassination of the late Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. — yet no charges has been filed against the Marcoses since the assumption of office of two Aquinos — the mother and the son. What? Are we going to allow character assassination to be the basis of our system of justice? If the Aquinos and their yellow supporters were intent not to allow the burial of the late President Marcos, they should have ram a law in Congress not allowing that burial. They had 30 years to do that and yet they failed to do such obvious acts. Do you want our country to be run by black propaganda? Do you want our country to be run by truth and the rule of law? Apparently, the Aquinos and their yellow supporters want this country to be ruled by black propaganda and never by truth and the rule of law.

  4. I am just wondering as to “WHY” some of the Philippine Supreme Court Justices voted against and abstain for the reason Mr. Marcos did. The Law is written, I find it that SC Justices does not follow the LAW but their emotions. So my question is are these SC Justices qualified for their positions or is it really the Justice System is broken?
    The SC Chief Justice is very fast in saying something against politicians (government officials) and slow in interpreting the the Philippine Law. The check and balance does not work, the Senate and House of Representatives are quite about this issue. Why not investigate the Supreme Court Justices (justices are not elected but subject to Philippine laws) they can be impeach.

  5. The Yellows and their fanatics are afraid the Marcoses come to power again…..Bakit kaya…..for all of 30 yrs……ni walang nagawa puro pagnanakaw?

  6. Please read Secretary Rigoberto Tiglao’s Column in Manila Times”Helped by communists, oligarchs demonized Marcos to conceal their rule” BY RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2016. a Real and Factual Issue on F.Marcos.

  7. Marlibel Calanda on

    I cannot but agree with the title of this piece. GOD loves our country the way he loves Israel and his chosen people. He showed His mighty power before them. He protected the Jews and at the same time punished them for their transgressions. They wandered in the desert for forty years. God uses people for His greater glory. In the Philippines we suffered 30 long years after Marcos is gone. God put in power the two Aquinos which did not bring prosperity to our land but propagated a culture of hate and vindictiveness to the detriment of the Filipinos. Instead of the Aquinos and the so called Yellows showing humility after being in power, they become proud and arrogant. Hence, there was divisiveness and disunity in our land. God allowed the two Aquinos assumed the Presidency so that FM will shine more. Now majority of the Filipinos know who is the better leader for them. God used President Duterte and the SC to allow the burial to happen to a Filipino president who is a true soldier who saw action in WWII. For us, Senator Marcos’ contribution in public service is outstanding that is why we voted for him and we know in our hearts that he truly won in the Vice Presidential race. I believe he will win in his protest against Leni Robredo and he will serve as our Vice President in God’s own time because that is God’s will. God won’t allow the Filipinos to be robbed of their electoral will. He will pave the way, We all make mistakes and our good trait as a people is that we are forgiving. Let us not throw away that trait because that is the only trait that brings us closer to God who is merciful and forgiving at all times. I thank the President and the SC for allowing the burial. God gave them the wisdom. Most of all, I thank God for allowing this to happen. God was clearly on the side of the dead who could no longer defend himself.

    • Jaime Dela Cruz on

      What you’re really saying is God put the two Aquinos in Malacanang to punish the country for ousting Marcos. I like that.

  8. Yes indeed…who cares…there are more important issues that the country need to address than this time wasting junk…leave him where he belong right now and don’t spend any more Pilipino’s money for burial expenses. NOT WORTH IT…

  9. People are riled up about this issue which is a waste of time. Let it be since we know who and what Marcos did. Who cares?