- The Supreme Court ruled 9-5 that the former President Ferdinand Marcos could be buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani
- With the announcement, Vice President Leni Robredo voiced out her outrage
- The VP said that the burial is an insult to the Filipino people
Voting 9-5, the Supreme Court Tuesday afternoon gave the green light to bury former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Hero's Cemetary, or the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.
However, not all were receptive to the news.
Vice President Leni Robredo voiced out her outrage.
A former lawyer, VP Leni said that the burial may have been considered legal, it “can never be consistent with morality and the spirit of of the Filipino people power revolution.”
The Vice President has continuously said that the victims of Martial Law deserved an apology from the Marcoses.
“Their family’s refusal to take responsibility for atrocities of the regime is an insult to the Filipino people,” the vice-president said.
On the other side of the spectrum, Pro-Marcos groups call for the nation to move past the Martial Law. However, VP Leni said that burying Marcos in the Hero's Cemetery will not heal the wounds of the past.
“Our nation’s healing begins with the acknowledgment of the truth and resolution of the past. To bury Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani would keep the wounds of the past unhealed.”
The Court ruled that President Duterte's decision to bury Marcos at the Hero's Cemetery was not a grave abuse of discretion.
Furthermore, the Court ruled that Duterte may reserve any public land for public use, which includes burying the former President.
As a former president, commander-in-chief, soldier, medal of valor awardee, and legislator, the Supreme Court found that Marcos was eligible to be buried in the Hero's Cemetery.