The landmark Decision of the Supreme Court allowing the internment of the remains of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani is a major step towards national reconciliation. read full statement
The Solicitor General’s Opening Statement During the Supreme Court Oral Arguments on the Marcos Burial Cases
Arguments for the State
Honorable Chief Justice and Associate Justices:
At this moment in our history, I recall a scene from Julius Caesar where Marc Antony spoke to his countrymen: “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him; The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred in their bones.” Inspired by these lines, I now come before you to allow the State to bury the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, not to honor him as a hero, although by military standards he is, but to accord him the simple mortuary rites befitting a former president, commander-in-chief, war veteran and soldier.
This solemn duty now falls upon the shoulders of President Rodrigo Roa