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Finally, after Voting 9-5, the Supreme Court voted to allow the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery).

The nine high court justices who voted to allow the burial are Associate Justices Arturo Brion, Presbitero Velasco Jr, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Jose Perez, Teresita de Castro, Jose Mendoza, and Estela Perlas-Bernabe.

The justice who dissented were Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, together with Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, and Associate Justices Marvic Leonen, Francis Jardeleza, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.

The “shocked” petitioners against the Marcos burial at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, immediately held a press conference criticizing the high court for its decision, while the supporters of the Marcos camp holding a vigil at the Supreme Court rejoiced.

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., said he was “very happy” that he could finally bury his father at the Heroes’ Cemetery.

“We are very grateful to the Supreme Court for its decision,” he said in an interview by CNN Philippines.

He said this was a recognition of the rights of his father as a soldier and a former president of the country.

He also thanked President Duterte for his “strong support for the rule of law.”

Senator Marcos, who was in Tacloban City in an event remembering the third anniversary of the Yolanda tragedy, said the decision was “an important step to the healing process and the reconciliation process.”

Cherry Cobarrubias, one of the known Marcos loyalists, said, “I’m really happy.  The Holy Spirit really enlightened the justices.”

“That's Enough.  We have to forgive each other.  We have to move on,” she said to the anti-Marcos activists who continue to oppose the controversial burial at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

While the Marcos camp and the Marcos supporters rejoiced, the anti-Marcos activists who were among the petitioners who tried to stop the planned burial of Marcos at the Heroes’ Cemetery, said they were “sad and shocked”.

President Duterte on Wednesday stood firm on his decision, upheld by a 9-5 vote of the Supreme Court, allowing the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

the President shrugged off the contention by leftist groups and victims of martial law atrocities that Marcos was no hero and did not deserve to be buried at the heroes’ cemetery

“The question … about the dictatorship of Marcos is something which cannot be determined at this time. It has to have history,” he said.

“That part of the sins of Marcos has yet to be proven by a competent court,” he said. Allegations about Marcos’ stolen wealth “is an altogether different issue.”

In a decision announced the high tribunal threw out seven petitions against the burial of Marcos at Libingan, declaring that there was no abuse of discretion committed by Mr. Duterte in allowing the interment of the dictator there.

Mr. Marcos, ousted in the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution, died at the age of 72 while in exile in Hawaii three years later. His body, returned to the Philippines in July 1993, is in the family mausoleum in his Batac, Ilocos Norte, hometown.

Told that Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III planned to seek a reconsideration of the court decision, Mr. Duterte said:  “The law says that soldiers and ex-Presidents who died can be buried there… I simply follow the law. We cannot do anything about it. The law itself says that … Ferdinand Marcos was a President and he was a soldier.”

“The law is the law. It has no emotions at all. It says that if you are a President (you can be buried there). It does not say you have a record of a dictatorship or what not, or being a gentle despot. It does not say anything like that,” Duterte repeated in Davao City on Friday, where he spoke at an event recognizing the humanitarian deeds of his late mother, Soledad Duterte.

Lorenzana said the 21-gun salute would be executed by a seven-man team, who would fire three shots each in succession.

Lorenzana said all the necessary arrangements had already been done for Marcos’ burial at the Libingan, including the excavation of the grave. Only the date was being finalized.

“In giving Marcos a hero’s burial, he would virtually be spitting on the graves of the tens of thousands of martyrs who laid down their lives in the struggle to end the puppet, brutal and rotten Marcos dictatorship,” the CPP said.

Duterte had said he was not honoring Marcos as a hero but a soldier and a former president.

“The law said that soldiers and the president could be buried there,” Duterte said.

The CPP said Duterte “will bring to question his own assertions of being a Leftist considering that the Marcos dictatorship is the epitome of the anti-Left.”

“If Duterte allows Marcos’ body to be dug up from Ilocos Norte and re-interred with hero’s burial, he would have provided the Marcoses with the ultimate act of rehabilitation,” the CPP said.

Former President Ferdinand Marcos body has been placed in an air-conditioned glass coffin inside a mausoleum in Ilocos Norte. There have been speculations that the actual remains have been buried and the body seen in the glass case is a wax figure.)

The Malacanang palace has already decided about the burial of late President Ferdinand Marcos in Libingang ng Mga Bayani before this year ended.

According to president spokesman Ernesto Abella even if there no specific date about the burial of late President Ferdinand Marcos but it is already nearest in the future and he also added this year would not end the burial of late strongman Marcos concede on his burial

However there a rumored that the government wanted to the public the hidden wealth of Marcos. the Swiss  account that revealed their ill-gotten wealth that if the former president got buried in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani that account would reveal in public and could be surrender  to Duterte's Administration.

When Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr was 26, living in Hawaii after his father was deposed by a people power rebellion in February 1986, a first-hand account shows that he was privy to the Marcos deposits in the Swiss banks, particularly Credit Suisse. It is not clear if he knew the amounts involved but these were estimated at $10 to $20 billion, alleged to have been illicit wealth. Part of this has since been transferred to the Philippine government.

De Guzman was a high-flying banker who headed an investment firm in Manila in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He later formed a bank in Austria and spent much of his time there. He had known Bongbong and even hosted him once when he visited Vienna.

De Guzman testified in 2 Congressional investigations on “Operation Big Bird,” a sting operation to recover the Marcos ill-gotten deposits hidden in the then secretive banks of Switzerland.

One of the first things De Guzman did, immediately after the EDSA rebellion, was to seek a meeting with the Marcoses. His aim was to acquire letters designating him to transfer the Marcos deposits to his bank in Vienna before these were frozen by the Swiss government. He would then turn these over to the Philippine government and be paid a certain percentage of the total find.

At the time, President Ferdinand Marcos was ailing. In the temporary quarters of the Marcoses in Hickam Air Force base in Honolulu, there seemed to be nervousness in the air and some uncertainty about the state of their enormous Swiss deposits. This contributed to De Guzman's initial success – he came at an early time and made the first offer to rescue their wealth.

The past should be unfolded for the better tomorrow of every Filipinos in the Philippines, the Supreme Court is already decided in favor of former President Ferdinand Marcos.
let's move on.
“The law is the law. It has no emotions at all. It says that if you are a President (you can be buried there). It does not say you have a record of a dictatorship or what not, or being a gentle despot. It does not say anything like that,”


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