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Time for us to move on – Palace lawyer

It is about time for the Filipino nation to move on after the Supreme Court has finally allowed the burial of President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City, according to a Palace official.

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said he hopes the public would now focus on “more pressing concerns” instead of arguing over Marcos burial, which he described as “divisive.”

“As I have expected, the ruling validates our theory that the law and the regulations allow the burial of ex-Presidents and soldiers in the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Panelo said.

“Hopefully, the decision will put to rest the opposition to the burial of Marcos. It’s about time the nation moves on and confront the more pressing concerns of the country rather than linger on an emotional issue that is unproductive as it is divisive,” he added.

Voting 9-5, the Supreme Court yesterday junked petitions filed by human rights groups blocking the planned burial of Macros at the LNMB. The High Court ruled that no law prohibits the burial of Marcos there.

The court decision comes 27 years after the former leader died in exile in the United States.

President Duterte earlier asserted that Marcos deserves a burial at the LNMB because he was a former president and soldier. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)