IN QUOTES: Senators react to SC ruling on Marcos burial
Governor Imee Marcos, the eldest daughter of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, flashes a victory sign after the Philippine Supreme Court voted 9-5, with one abstention, to rule that the former dictator can be buried at the heroes' cemetery in a ruling opponents say rolled back the country's democratic triumph when Filipinos ousted the strongman in a 1986 "people power" revolt Tuesday, Nov.8, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Court spokesman Theodore Te says the 15-member court voted 9-5 with one abstention Tuesday to dismiss petitions opposing President Rodrigo Duterte's approval of Marcos's burial at the cemetery.
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IN QUOTES: Senators react to SC ruling on Marcos burial
ORA MISMO - Rosette Adel ( - November 8, 2016 - 10:10pm

MANILA, Philippines – A number of senators on Tuesday reacted to the Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow hero’s burial for late President Ferdinand Marcos.

Liberal Party senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Leila De Lima, Bam Aquino and Risa Hontiveros said they were disappointed with the high court’s ruling because, they said, Marcos was no hero. Pangilinan said it was a horrible day for democracy.

Like Aquino, Sen. Joel Villanueva, also an LP bet in the May elections, said he will respect the decision but said it does not mean the end of the fight for human rights victims.

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, from the same party as President Rodrigo Duterte, also expressed discontent over the SC’s decision. He said he will try to talk with the president, who pushed for the internment, and discuss his personal opinion that Marcos is no hero.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao was the only senator who so far expressed agreement with the high tribunal’s ruling, saying it is about time for the public to move on and forgive.

Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III

The Supreme Court decision has established the right of somebody to be buried in a place called Libingan ng mga Bayani but no court case will make somebody a hero in the hearts and minds of the people.

Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan

Thanks to the Supreme Court the Philippines will be a laughing stock of the world. We kicked out a reviled dictator and now we are honoring him by burying him in our national heroes cemetery. No less than our Supreme Court wants our citizens, our children to honor a plunderer and tyrant. This is shameful and deplorable.

Sen. Leila De Lima

I join the other petitioners in expressing my deepest lament over the decision of the Supreme Court, whereby, by a vote of 9 -5 -1 , the deposed former dictator, Ferdinand E. Marcos, will be given a "hero's" burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, which will result in a gross distortion of a critical part of the history and evolution of Philippine democracy as we know it.

I regret that this development will strike another insulting and unjust blow on the thousands of victims of human rights violations during Martial Law. It is lamentable that, while courts in foreign jurisdictions have managed to deliver justice for them, their own court of Last Recourse has failed them.

Sen. Bam Aquino

We are gravely disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision to bury a corrupt and ruthless dictator in the LNMB. Though we must respect the outcome, my heart goes out to the thousands of victims during the darkest years in Philippine history.

We will carry on our work with the Department of Education to ensure that the truth about martial law is effectively taught in our schools. With this decision, we need to be even more vigilant that the mistakes of the past are not repeated. Never again.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros

The Supreme Court has miserably failed the test of history and broken our hearts. By allowing the remains of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the high tribunal has failed to protect the truth from the Marcoses' fictional universe.

The decision intends to effectively wipe the Marcos slate clean and negate the sacrifices of the thousands of brave souls who fought and suffered under the brutal Marcos dictatorship.

Sen. Joel Villanueva

We respect the decision of the Supreme Court allowing the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos. However, we would like to reiterate that this is not the end of our fight against human rights abuses which continue to hound us up to this day.

At this point, I think we should exert all efforts to ensure that we educate the youth about the atrocities of Martial law and make sure that the future generations will never forget.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao

Kung kayo naniniwala sa Panginoon, ang Panginoon nga makakapagpatawad, tayo pa kaya? Hindi tayo nakakapagpatawad para lang sa paglibing at unang-una hindi naman against the law iyan, allowed naman yan dahil elected naman siya as a president

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