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Leni 'stunned' on Marcos burial

In this photo provided by the Office of the Army Chief Public Affairs Headquarters Philippine Army (OACPA HPA), soldiers prepare to fold the flag-draped casket of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos during his burial at the Heroes' Cemetery in Taguig City, east of Manila, Philippines, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. OACPA HPA via AP

MANILA, Philippines – Stunned.

This was how Vice President Leni Robredo described her reaction after learning about the surprise burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday.

Robredo said that she never imagined the burial “would be conducted hurriedly” after the Supreme Court dismissed the consolidated petitions against the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to lay rest Marcos’ body at the Heroes' Cemetery in Taguig.

“We knew that it was going to happen pero hindi na-imagine na it would be conducted hurriedly at patago,” the vice president said on the sidelines of the Philippine Retail Investors Conference on Saturday. “Iyong sa akin lang parang insulto yata iyon sa Filipino people.”

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The SC, voting 9-5-1, ruled that Duterte's decision did not break any law or showed a grave abuse of discretion. Petitioners mulled filing a motion for reconsideration but as of Friday, none has been filed yet.

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Robredo described the burial as "like a thief in the night"  and believed that the high court decision is not yet final and executory.

“Mayroon tayong prosesong sinunod at hinihintay natin iyong motion for reconsideration, naghihintay tayo na maging final and executory pa ang decision tapos ginawa na agad iyong libing,” she said.

Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te clarified on Friday that there was no order to stop the Marcos family from burying the late dictator at the Libingan.

READ: SC: No order prohibiting Libingan burial

“The status as of November 8 up to today (November 18) is that the petitions are dismissed and the status quo ante order is lifted. Even if there is a motion for reconsideration, the legal status is that there is no order that stops the act at the moment.” Te said.

The surprise burial prompted anti-Marcos rallyists to hold protest in different parts of the country, including students, while some trooped to the People Power Monument along EDSA in Quezon City.

‘Parang pakiramdam lang na naisahan na naman ang mga Pilipino,” she said.

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