MANILA – Several business groups said Friday they respect the decision of the Supreme Court to allow the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
"We respect the Supreme Court's decision and that has always been the stance of the PCCI [Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry]," PCCI president George Barcelon said.
On a personal basis, Barcelon said he fears this will end up dividing the administration, saying President Rodrigo Duterte's relationship with the Marcos family could cause a backlash.
He added that the the issue could distract the government and the public from the important task of sustaining strong economic growth.
"While we respect the SC decision, I hope the issue quiets down, there are more important things to do...we have to stay focused," he said.
Meanwhile, Management Association of the Philippines president Perry Pe said the high court's decision to give the green light for Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani is already a closure on an issue that's stretched on for decades.
Pe said he is not sure how the protests will affect businesses.
Marcos was buried hurriedly at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes Cemetery) on Friday, as the family embarked on a political revival while thousands who suffered under his two-decade-long rule still cry for justice.
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Former first lady Imelda Marcos, wearing black terno, clutched a rosary, as soldiers carrying his wooden casket marched slowly to his grave, a video released by the family showed. The ceremonies were closed to the public.
-- Reports from Cathy Yang and Michelle Ong, ABS-CBN News