A Call for Referendum

When we continuously protest against the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani even after the Supreme Court dismissed the petitions seeking its inhibition, we are neither disregarding the rule of law nor disrespecting the high court; we are actually heeding it.

The Supreme Court did not say that Marcos is a hero. It simply said that no grave abuse of discretion was committed by the President because no law prohibits the burial of Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery; in as much as the issues involved are moral and political, not legal. In fact, Justice Brion said in his concurring opinion that majority of the justices merely exercised “judicial restraint.”

Thus, we continue to shout for the voiceless victims of oppression because the Supreme Court itself said that it is not the proper judge of the issue. We respect, and ought to respect, the Supreme Court and the rule of law in as much as we must uphold the bedrock of our democracy: sovereignty resides in the People (including the lost, the last and the least).

Hindi ang Pangulo, hindi ang Kongreso, hindi ang Korte Suprema kundi ang taumbayan ang dapat magpasya sa anumang bagay na magbabago sa ating pagkakakilanlan bilang Pilipino.

As suggested by the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, submit the issue to a referendum. Let the people decide once and for all whether we should #MoveOn or we should #NeverForget.

Dahil hindi ba dapat merong tamang closure para humilom ang malalim na sugat? But then again, some wounds never heal.

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