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To remain as a “unifying” Chief Executive, President Duterte may defer the burial of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City until the Supreme Court hands down its final ruling on the three petitions challenging his planned hero’s burial for Marcos.
House Deputy Speaker and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro, a lawyer, said the Executive should wait for the High Court’s final ruling on the petitions filed by various progressive and human rights groups.
“Perhaps, as a matter of judicial courtesy, a well accepted practice, the President may defer the burial of former President Marcos. This gesture of the President will be favorable to him since, in doing so, he will remain as unifying President of all Filipinos regardless of their position on the issue of Marcos burial in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani and the decision of the Supreme Court,” he said.
Like his colleagues, he also counted on the SC to come up with an “impartial” ruling on the issue. “The Supreme Court will not be seen as siding with someone but, will rule on the basis of the spirit of the law. Meaning, you can expect the Supreme Court approaching the issue with impartiality and cold neutrality with nothing in mind but determining what is the intent of the law,” Castro said.