Duterte to respect SC ruling on Marcos burial, insists his transfer order to LNMB lawful

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  • The President said he will respect SC decision on late strongman’s burial
  • However, he asked the high tribunal not to use emotions in deciding the issue
  • He also said he stands pat on his decision to transfer Marcos’s remains to LNMB

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said he will respect the decision of the Supreme Court on the controversy involving the burial of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Duterte said the decision must be respected even as he appealed to the justices not to base their ruling on emotions.

“I hope that the Supreme Court decides not on the emotion, but of course we know that it will be all legal at the end of the day,” Rappler quoted him as saying. “We will follow what the Supreme Court says for after all it is the Supreme Court who interprets the law and decides which of the public interest is served among the contending parties.”

However, the president stood pat on his decision to have Marcos’s remains transferred to the LNBM, saying there is a law that provides for it.

“There is a law which grants Marcos of burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. As long as there is that law, it shall be followed,” he said.

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, who met Duterte at the start of a four-day caravan among Marcos supporters in her province to the Supreme Court, supported the president’s remarks.

“President Duterte once again reiterated what he knew to be right as a lawyer: that my father, a soldier, a president, and a war hero, should be buried at the LNMB,” she said.

The Supreme Court is set to decide whether or not the elder Marcos deserves to be buried at the Libingan this week.