It was decided.
This afternoon, the Supreme Court allowed the burial of the former President and dictator (I’m adding this because people apparently forgot) Ferdinand Marcos in Libingan ng Mga Bayani. The judges of the Supreme Courted voted 9-5. This is after the numerous petitions against the said burial. In an article by CNN Philippines, the SC cited five reasons in dismissing the petitions:
- There was no grave abuse of discretion on the part of President Rodrigo Duterte in ordering the burial of Marcos at LNMB because it was done in the exercise of his mandate. There is also no law that prohibits the burial of Marcos’ remains at the LNMB
- President Duterte has the power to reserve for public use and for specific public purposes, any of the lands under public domain.
- Marcos’ remains, under regulations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, can be interred at LNMB because he was a former president, commander-in-chief, soldier, medal of valor awardee, and legislator.
- The Supreme Court disagreed Marcos was “dishonorably discharged,” saying the disqualification only pertains to the military
- Marcos cannot be disqualified from burial at LNMB because he was not convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude.
The official date of the burial is not yet decided as of the moment.
Due to the (devastating? provoking? maddening?) decision, people took to social media to air their grievances and comments. Here are some of them:
Manny Pacquiao's a senator, Mocha Uson's a journalist, and Ferdinand Marcos is a hero. Welcome to 2016.
— Regis Andanar (@RegisAndanar) November 8, 2016
— larry. (@lrryjmescnda) November 8, 2016
Extrajudicial Killings of Democracy #2016
— Chard! (@richardbolisay) November 8, 2016
A Filipino must dream. But maybe not today. 8 Nov 2016
— Gang Capati (@gangbadoy) November 8, 2016
Facebook users who are dismayed over the issue changed their profile pictures into black as a protest.