ILOCOS NORTE – The decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to allow a Ferdinand Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani was "an answered prayer," said several Ilocanos Tuesday, after the SC announced its 9-5-1 vote on the issue.
Marcos deserved to be buried at the heroes' cemetery because of his accomplishments as a president and a soldier, said Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Angelo Marcos Barba, the late strongman's nephew.
"No matter how deep the wounds of the past, hopefully everything will be finished," Barba said in Ilocano.
Supporters of the Marcos family also urged allies not to fight it out with those protesting the burial.
"Sa mga kumokontra hayaan na natin…kaming Marcos loyalist matagal na namin itong ipinagdadasal (Let’s leave those who are protesting the decision alone…we Marcos loyalists have been praying for this for a long time)," Alicia Formantes said.
Other supporters however had mixed reactions as they can no longer easily see Marcos’ remains, which were kept for the 23 years in a glass coffin at the Marcos Museum and Mausoleum in Batac, Ilocos Norte.
"Isa ito sa mga pinupuntahan ng turista sa mausoleum niya kaya medyo malungkot rin (It was one of the main attractions for tourists so we are a little bit sad)," Janine Dahilig said.
In its decision handed down Tuesday, the SC dismissed all petitions against Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
"There are certain things that are better left for history—not this Court—to adjudge…In the meantime, the country must move on and let this issue rest," the decision read.