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Marcos’ burial at Libingan

Expectedly, the Supreme Court’s (SC) 9-5-1 decision to allow the burial of former strongman President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) has revived a deeply rooted division between Marcos loyalists and anti-Marcos activists among Filipinos.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of the Supreme Court spelled out the role of the judiciary in our democratic government at the Meet the Press forum of the court last Thursday. That role, she said, is to “keep the social fabric intact, address the people’s cry for justice, and thereby prevent society’s descent to anarchy.”

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Last June after President Duterte won the election, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), was confronted by very harsh words for the Church by the new President, who called it a “most hypocritical institution.” Archbishop Socrates chose to invoke “the silence of Jesus before the arrogance of Pilate.”

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President Duterte shocked the nation early Sunday by revealing the names of supposed drug personalities and protectors in the government during a speech in Davao City.

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