- Malacañang said preparations for Marcos’ burial are ongoing unless the Supreme Court orders them to stop
- Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella also said that there have been no set date for the burial yet
- President Rodrigo Duterte himself also said they will abide by whatever the Court will rule on
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said on Wednesday that the preparations for the planned burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani will proceed unless the Supreme Court (SC) orders to stop it.
”Everything is starting to move according to arrangements. Unless there’s a TRO (temporary restraining order) or anything like that, it will proceed as planned,” ABS-CBN News quoted Abella.
Abella noted that there has not been set date yet on the planned transfer of Marcos’ remains from Ilocos Norte to the national shrine in Taguig City.
Currently, there are two petitions filed before the SC asking for an injunction and a temporary restraining order on the hero’s burial for Marcos.
In a news conference, President Rodrigo Duterte himself said that the executive branch will follow the High Court’s ruling.
Asked if he’s attending the interment set on September, Duterte said: “If I am in good health and there is no pressing matter to attend to, I might.”
He also dismissed claims that he is approving the burial for the sake of his close friend, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late dictator.
“I would just like to emphasize this to everybody: I allowed the burial of Marcos because it is the law. He was a soldier. I said he was not a hero, fine. If he fired just one shot against the Japanese, as a soldier, he is qualified,” he told reporters.