Not all good, but not pure evil either: SC says it judged Marcos based on his “totality as a person”

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  • Supreme Court explained decision favoring Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
  • It said Marcos not all good but not pure evil, should be judged based on his totality as a person
  • It also said issue is a political controversy best left to the discretion of the president

MANILA, Philippines – Explaining its decision favoring the transfer of former president Ferdinand Marcos’ remains to the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the Supreme Court ruled that the late strongman should be judged based on the totality of his character and not just for his misdeeds.

“We agree with the proposition that Marcos should be viewed and judged in his totality as a person,” GMA News quoted the ruling. “While he was not all good, he was not pure evil either. Certainly, just a human who erred like us.”

The high tribunal also ruled that the issue was a political controversy over which jurisdiction was vested in President Rodrigo Duterte.

“The Court is not passing judgment on whether President Marcos truly deserves to be buried in the national shrine but is merely exercising judicial restraint as the issues at hand are truly political in nature and, therefore, are best left to the discretion of the President,” it said.

With a vote of 9-5 and one abstention, the high tribunal junked seven consolidated petitions opposing the burial and ruled that Marcos was not disqualified to be buried at the Libingan.

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 voted favorably, while Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, and Associate justice Marvic Leonen, Francis Jardeleza and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa dissented.

Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes, a fraternity brother of Duterte and friend of former president Benigno Aquino III, inhibited himself from the case.