Lawmakers have mixed reactions to SC’s ruling on Marcos burial at LNMB

MANILA — Lawmakers at the House of Representatives weighed in on the Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday allowing former President Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Voting 9-5, the Supreme Court dismissed all seven cases opposing the burial of the former strongman at the LNMB.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez welcomed the decision, saying that the rule of law prevailed over partisan emotions.

Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez, Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, Navotas City Rep. Toby Tiangco also lauded the high court’s ruling in favor of the Marcoses.

”It’s about time that we allow the burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Let us bury emotions once and for all,” said Suarez, noting that the issue has divided the nation.

Atienza said, “It’s about time we bury Marcos wherever the family wants him to be buried. Now that the SC has spoken, we hope everyone respects the decision.”

Tiangco said the 9-5 SC ruling has to be respected. “I have been always consistent in saying that we should always respect the wisdom of the ruling of the Supreme Court at all times,” he added.

Parañaque City Rep. Gus Tambunting echoed Tiangco’s sentiments, adding that the SC has the “final say” in deciding issues such as this.

”For me, let us respect the decision as it is the result of going through all the processes provided for by our Constitution,” Tambunting said.

Also, 1-Sagip Partylist Rep. Rodante Marcoleta said the SC exercised “the sense of humanity” when it ruled in favor of the Marcos burial at the Libingan.

Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles said the ruling should put to rest all legal questions pertaining to his burial at the Libingan and allow time to heal the wounds that divided the nation because of the Marcos issue.

“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. The President was found not to have committed any grave abuse of discretion, but was only inspired by national unity and reconciliation,” Nograles said.

Nograles said it is high time to set aside animosities caused by the burial issue and start rallying behind the current administration toward a “better and more independent Philippines.”

Kabayan Partylist Harry Roque urged the public to move on since the highest court of the land has already spoken.

“Whether or not we agree with it, he was allowed to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani[…] From a legal point of view, we need to address the problems that were not precisely addressed during the Marcos dictatorship,” Roque said.

Meanwhile, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, who was one of the petitioners, invoked the principle of due courtesy to the high court, saying that he respects the eventual finality of the decision but with reservations.

“While I respect the decision of the Supreme Court, I am puzzled to no end why the majority of the High Court, would allow the burial of a judicially and historically confirmed despot, plunderer and transgressor of human rights in the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Lagman said.

“A high sense of patriotism and the common standards of reason and logic bar the interment of Marcos in the Cemetery of Heroes,” he added.

Lagman, however, said that motions for reconsideration are already in order for a reversal of the majority decision.

Akbayan Partylist Rep. Tomasito Villarin was saddened by the decision but said that the fight continues as the independent minority bloc plans to file a motion for reconsideration in order to extend the status quo ante order against the Marcos burial.

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate expressed his dismay over the impending Marcos burial, noting that Marcos remains to be “one of the world’s worst dictators, tyrant, plunderer, and human rights violator.”

”We will continue to educate our people, the youth especially — the future generation — that the dictator Marcos is not a person to emulate and should be condemned in history,” Zarate added.

Former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, another petitioner, said that this is a tectonic shift of the SC, considering that it already has so many rulings stating that Marcos is a plunderer and a human rights violator, which contradict the current decision to bury him in the heroes’ cemetery.

“As a Marcos human rights victim and one of the petitioners on SC case vs Marcos’ burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, I am very disappointed with the SC ruling… But even with this ruling we will still continue the fight against the Marcoses and educate the youth of what they have really done against the Filipino people,” Colmenares said. Filane Mikee Cervantes/PNA-northboundasia.com