Marcos burial was a family decision –Palace

MANILA – Malacanang said the burial of the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos on Friday was a decision of the Marcos family following the Supreme Court (SC) decision to dismiss the petitions against the Marcos interment at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).

”The President (Rodrigo Duterte) is so clear about that (Marcos burial) since the campaign period. Those who are opposing it were given a chance to go to the Supreme Court and now the SC has decided,” Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag said in a press briefing in Malacanang.

Banaag said it’s up to the family of the late President “as to when to bring the remains of the former president at the Libingan.”

Banaag said Malacanang respects everyone’s opinion on the matter after several sectors expressed opposition on the SC ruling.

She said it is up to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure an orderly burial.

Early Friday morning, PNP Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa announced the burial of the late former president.

Dela Rosa clarified that there was no special instruction from President Duterte but just to ensure a peaceful and orderly burial.

The PNP chief also ordered policemen to exercise maximum tolerance in case of protest rallies against the Marcos burial at the LNMB.

The remains of the former president were finally buried at around Friday noon in a “very private” ceremony at the LNMB in Taguig City.

Marcos ruled the country for two decades until he was ousted in 1986. He died while in exile in Hawaii three years later after a long battle with heart, lung and kidney ailments.

The body of the former strongman was brought back to the Philippines in 1993 and was interred in a private air- conditioned mausoleum in his hometown in Batac, Ilocos Norte. Jelly Musico/PNAnorthboundasia.com