Editorial: The ball is in your court


Many have said that a leap in history was made on the day that the Supreme Court (SC) ruled in favor of the burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) last November 8. While it is a crucial matter, the ruling on Marcos’ burial is not a historic one but another tick to the long list of transgressions this system has committed upon its people.

The SC decision was followed by a series of protests from Martial law victims and those rational enough to see that Marcos is far from the definition of a hero. Much has been said about the decision, but to reiterate, the court ruling is rubbing salt to an existing injury – to bury Marcos at the LNMB, not only insults, but invalidates the efforts of the true heroes of Martial Law. It invalidates the EDSA revolution and discredits the democratic act of the people who have had enough of the ills of the Marcos regime.

The SC has decided that the plunders that left this nation US$ 25 Billion in debt, and the Marcoses $10 billion richer, has no bearing. Nor does it consider the 3,257 victims of extra-judicial killings, 35,000 tortured, and 70,000 illegally incarcerated under Marcos’ dictatorship enough to establish moral depravity. The SC’s decision to honor and glorify the dictator counters the goal of achieving reconciliation for the victims and reparation for this nation.

But then again, what is to be expected from the Supreme Court? This was the same court that granted Juan Ponce Enrile to post bail in 2015, over the pork barrel-related corruption and plunder charges filed against him, because of “humanitarian considerations”. It is the same SC that dismissed the disqualification case versus Manila Mayor and former President Joseph Estrada, despite his political vindication for plunder in 2001. And just recently, the SC has voted in favor of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds for personal gain, acquitting her from the plunder case that kept her “imprisoned” at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.

Time and time again, the judiciary has failed to deliver rulings that are just and moral, despite the glaring facts and evidence that should have compelled them to vote against plunderers and traitors to the nation. It is as if to rule in favor of oligarchs guilty of crimes is standard operation. This system that favors power over justice has made it a point to disregard the legitimate pleas of ordinary people by freeing and acquitting those proven guilty of crimes against the Filipino people. They have demonstrated that legality was never about justice – it is a scheme used by those in power to get away with atrocities and with impunity have their way.

With the decision to bury Marcos at the LNMB, the blame does not only lie with the SC, nor does it rest only with the despotic Marcoses whose greed and effrontery is one for the books – it is the entire system that perpetrates impunity and trespasses against the very ones it was mandated to protect.

The history of struggle of the oppressed masses is also a history of oppression and the abused fighting to be free. Selfish oligarchs have since been running the government, including the judiciary and its kangaroo courts, and their self-preservation has resulted to indifference to the toils of the people.

At present, justice would not be served if it goes against the interest of those in power. To attain justice is to seize it from the corrupt and the plundering. The people are now called upon to once again exhibit the power to collectively exact justice and hand the verdict due to the culprits. # nordis.net


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