We are a government of laws and not of men. This cardinal principle of a democratic system is the basis of the Supreme Court ruling allowing the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. We should respect its decision as the final arbiter of all constitutional and legal issues.
The Duterte administration is well aware that some sectors are vehemently opposed to the Marcos burial at the Libingan. They can express their grievances as part of freedom of speech and of expression and they can freely exercise their right to peacefully assemble to articulate their sentiments. This is part and parcel of our democratic tradition and the government will uphold these fundamental freedoms and right enshrined in our Constitution.