Duterte on Marcos burial: We will follow SC

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2016 04:44 PM

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte assured that he will comply with the Supreme Court decision on the burial of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

"We will follow what the Supreme Court says, for after all, it is the Supreme Court who interprets the law and decides which of the public interest is served among the contending parties," the President, who is set to leave for Brunei, said in a speech on Sunday.

The Supreme Court is set to release a decision on the planned burial of Marcos on Tuesday.

Duterte, however, said the issues on heroism and the medals of the late Marcos "is not the issue," and that he hopes the SC will decide "not on emotion."

"My position is that there's a law which grants Marcos a burial in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani. My position is that as long as there is that law, it shall be followed and the matter of the medals and heroism of the late Marcos, that is not the issue and that is to be resolved maybe in the generations to come," he said.

He added that the divisiveness of the country on the issue of Marcos' burial has left Ilocanos alienated.

"What I must say now is we have alienated the entire, almost entire Ilocano people. We can not just do that because we are all Filipinos," he said.

Last Friday, Marcos loyalists began a four-day march from Ilocos Norte to Manila to support the late strongman's burial at the Heroes' cemetery.

The group is expected to arrive at Manila on Monday.

Marcos' remains have been kept in the family's ancestral home on Batac town since they were returned to the Philippines in 1993, four years after he died while on exile in Hawaii.