THE BURIAL of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani will push through unless there is a court order stopping it, Malacañang said on Wednesday.
“It seems that everything is starting to move according to arrangements, so unless there is a TRO (temporary restraining order) or anything like that, it will proceed as planned,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a news conference.
Various groups and human rights victims during the Marcos regime have petitioned the Supreme Court to stop the interment set in September. The high court has set oral arguments on the petitions on August 24.
Abella however clarified that no official date has been set yet for the burial.
President Rodrigo Duterte will abide by the Supreme Court’s decision, the Palace official added.
“Let’s put it this way, if there are any motions and cases have been filed let it proceed and the President will respond as he sees fit,” Abella said.
On Sunday, about a thousand people gathered at Rizal Park in Manila to protest the impending burial of Marcos.
Marcos, protest leaders said, was no hero as he had faked his war record, committed human rights abuses, plundered the treasury and was ousted by the 1986 “People Power” revolt.
Duterte had said he would allow protests against the hero’s burial for Marcos and would assign only a minimum number of police at protest sites.
In a news conference at the Manila airport on Wednesday, Duterte left open the possibility of his attendance during the burial.
Duterte is close to the Marcoses as his father served as a Cabinet official during the Marcos regime.
The President again defended his decision to allow the burial.
“Whether it is the liking of the majority of the Filipinos, that is the law, and I am sorry to say that we have to enforce the law,” he told reporters.
“He’s not a hero, fine. But he is the President and nobody can deny that.”
WITH A REPORT FROM REICELENE JOY IGNACIO