DESPITE widespread objections, the Philippine Supreme Court is not likely to reverse its decision on dictator Ferdinand Marcos' burial at a heroes' cemetery, Solicitor-General Jose Calida said.
Vice President Leni Robredo, who opposed the burial, said the surprise burial showed the Marcos family was acting "like a thief in the night".
Calida said Lagman and other petitioners should brush up first their knowledge on recent jurisprudence regarding the effect of lifting of status quo ante orders in certiorari cases before they bash the respondents in media.
Abella said the decision to bury the late President is a personal decision of the Marcos family and no law bars the Marcoses from burying their patriarch after the Supreme Court ruling in the Marcos burial.
Linya said that the effigies of Marcos and the nine SC magistrates that voted for the Marcos burial were commissioned by her uncle, Cebu City Administrator Francisco "Bimbo" Fernandez.
While critics may disregard Marcos as president due to his human rights abuses, the court said he can not be denied the right to be acknowledged as a former legislator, a defense secretary, a military member, a war veteran and a Medal of Valor awardee.
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte was in Peru for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation on the day of Marcos' burial. He was ousted in a "people power" street protests in 1986 that sent him and his family into exile in Hawaii, where he died three years later.
On Saturday, more than 2,200 Marcos loyalists from Ilocos Norte entered the Libingan ng mga Bayani, where they heard a thanksgiving Mass together with Marcos' wife Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos and their two children - Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
Imee Marcos, however, thanked the many Filipinos who "were with us in hoping and praying for almost three decades to see this day". To think that the deed was accomplished at the Marcos heirs' behest, with the use of the resources of the state, with personnel of the state doing the honors, attended and enabled by persons of authority in the military and police, as though the Marcos heirs were-and indeed they behave as though they are-at the very peak of their power and entitlement. "It is embarrassing. As I said, we are a laughing stock in the whole world".
On Friday, victims of human rights abuses during the Martial Law regime condemned the news.
In a short statement, she apologized to supporters for making the burial private, saying the family wanted to avoid hurting the feelings of his critics.
In 2011, The STAR reported the Marcoses agreed to have the dictator's remains interred in his home province following negotiations with then vice president Jejomar Binay, who was tasked by former president Benigno Aquino III to settle the divisive issue.
The late dictator's widow, Imelda Marcos, has been elected four times to the House of Representatives, despite ongoing controversies over the huge sums of money she and her husband plundered from the country. "It is the Marcos style all over again", GMA News quoted Boni Ilagan, an activist who fought the Marcos dictatorship, as saying; "We condemn this latest assault on justice by the Marcos cabal".