Respect the Supreme Court’s decision, forgive the late President Ferdinand Marcos, and move on. This was the statement of Sen. Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday following the Supreme Court's decision allowing the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. “Intindihin natin yung Constitution. Kung Constitution ang pagbabasehan natin, once na ikaw ay naging presidente at elected ka, you have the right. Kung baga qualify ka na ilibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani,” Pacquialo told reporters upon his return at the Senate.
“At saka para sa akin, if we are claiming God, if we’re claiming that we believe God, we should forgive others,” he added. Asked if he had any message to those opposing the Marcos burial at the heroes’ cemetery, Pacquiao said: “Kung kayo naniwala sa Panginoon, ang Panginoon nagpapatawad, tayo pa kaya hindi tayo makapagpatawad di ba? Especially para lang sa paglibing.” In the first place, he said, burying Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery was not against the law, pointing out that he was elected president. “Intindihin na lang natin. Para sa akin yung sugat siguro naghilom naman siguro yun, move on tayo,” Pacquiao said. “Ipasa-Diyos na lang natin kasi siya lang ang pwedeng maghusga, siya lang ang pwedeng magtanim ng galit sa atin, hindi tayong tao ang pwedeng magtanim ng galit sa kapwa natin,” he added.
Asked about the “dictator” tag on the late strongman, Pacquiao pointed out that Marcos was elected President first before he became dictator. “Alam ba natin na magiging diktador sya noong nahalal sya as president? Sabihin natin diktador sya, nahalal sya e, binoto ng tao,” he said. “Anyway, i-respeto natin yung Supreme Court, kahit ano pang gawin natin, kahit ano pang opinion natin tapos na ang decision ng Supreme Court, e respetuhin na lang natin ang decision ng Supreme Court,” Pacquiao added.
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