A group in Davao City expressed their disappointment with President Rodrigo Duterte following the burial of late dictator and former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) on Friday, saying it was done in "bad faith."
"We are severely disappointed to learn that Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte had full knowledge of the burial plans according to PNP chief Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa. This makes us ask: Do the victims of Martial Law and those who oppose the hero’s burial mean so little to the President that he would condone a hasty burial?" Konsyensya Dabaw said in a statement.
They added: "If he had really intended the Marcos burial to lead to healing and reconciliation, he would have seen to it that he is present to lead and unite his people during this critical time."
The group said they were alarmed that the burial happened in haste, and argued that the incident was a breach of the law because the Supreme Court decision was not yet final and executory and that motions for reconsideration (MRs) had not yet been filed.
The late dictator was discreetly buried on Friday noon, just 10 days after the Supreme Court released its decision allowing a burial at the LNMB.
"If the Marcoses truly believed that they had secured a just ruling from the SC, why this dishonorable maneuver?" they said.
The group added that they expect the Marcos family to use as justification the argument that they did not want the burial derailed by protest actions.
"Such cowardice would not be surprising from a family that remains unrepentant of their misdeeds and continues to bask in privilege," they said.
The group demanded to see the document of the order directing the burial.
"The concerned offices of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) should observe proper procedures, and not act based on oral directives, precisely because the burial is still a contested matter," the group added.