On Tuesday, November 8, the Supreme Court (SC) voted 9-5 with one inhibition to junk the consolidated petitions against the burial of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani.
As expected, the SC decision polarized the nation—with Marcos fans rejoicing and those who were victimized during his reign and their supporters crying foul.
Marcos' daughter, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said, "Nagpapasalamat ako sa Korte Suprema. Nagpapasalamat ako sa Maykapal at hindi niya kami nakalimutan (I thank the Supreme Court. I thank God because he didn't forget us)."
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez likewise said, "Now that the Supreme Court has spoken on the contentious issue of the burial of the late former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani, we should respect its ruling as its sole mandate is to decide on constitutional and legal questions. The rule of law has triumphed over partisan emotions."
Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles said, "We should stop wallowing in the past and start looking forward to our future. The Supreme Court has spoken about the Marcos burial issue and we should accept its decision."
However, not everyone shares the aforementioned sentiments.
As Senator Koko Pimentel pointed out: "The legal battle is over. Maybe the Supreme Court decision has established the right of somebody to be buried in a place called Libingan Ng Mga Bayani but no court case will make somebody a hero in the hearts and minds of the people. Hindi nadadaan sa legal argument po 'yan (That can't be fixed by a legal argument)."
Senator Joel Villanueva echoed Pimentel's concerns, saying, "We respect the decision of the Supreme Court allowing the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos. However, we would like to reiterate that this is not the end of our fight against human rights abuses which continue to hound us up to this day."
Vice President Leni Robredo, on the other hand, revealed, "We are deeply saddened by the decision of the Supreme Court regarding the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani. We have consistently opposed the burial of the Martial Law dictator in the heroes’ sacred ground. Their family’s refusal to take responsibility for atrocities of the regime is an insult to the Filipino people."
For her part, Senator Risa Hontiveros said, "By allowing the remains of the late Ferdinand E. Marcos to be buried in the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani, the high tribunal has failed to protect the truth from the Marcoses’ fictional universe."