President Rodrigo Duterte met with Ilocos Norte governor Imee Marcos Firday (Oct. 14) to reiterate his support for the interment of her late father, former President Ferdinand Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani days before the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the matter.
Duterte made a quick stopover at Ilocos Norte from his trip to Batanes to chat with Imee and lend star power to the start of “Kailian March,” the four-day trek of Marcos supporters from Ilocos Norte to Manila to call attention to their wish for a hero’s burial for Marcos.
In a joint interview with Imee, the President reiterated his support for the elder Marcos’ internment at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, saying he deserves it because he served as a soldier during World War 2.
“Batas ‘yan… It is very clear to me na ang decision ko, tama. As a lawyer, I could only stick to what is the law,” Duterte said.
The hero’s burial for Marcos has been put on hold because of the pending petitions filed against it before the Supreme Court.
The high tribunal is expected to render its verdict on the matter on Oct. 18, when the status quo ante order it issued last September expires.
“Kailian” is an Ilocano word used to address or identify fellow members of a community, signifying something even deeper than the word for a province mate.
The term was used by Marcos supporters to signify their call for nationwide unity for the hero’s burial for the late strongman.
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