Check the law | Inquirer Opinion

Check the law

12:01 AM December 12, 2016

Debates and word wars over the burial place for the long-dead ex-president Ferdinand Marcos are not going to end with the “brat” spat between Senate President Koko Pimentel and Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, the latest to erupt in this extended political telenovela. Andanar described the people against Marcos’ burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani as “temperamental brats” for not complaining when the Supreme Court halted the burial of Marcos in the Libingan and complaining when it later ruled that the burial can proceed. Pimentel reacted vaguely by telling Andanar to check his history.

Mr. Senator, please check your law.

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Those opposing the burial went to the Supreme Court thinking they will get a favorable ruling. When they didn’t, they refused to acknowledge the Court’s decision and insisted that President Duterte back down and not allow the burial. So how do we call these people? “Temperamental brats” is apt. As simple as that.

They are temperamental brats because they only acknowledge an authority if that authority gives in to their will or decides on the basis of their wishes. They had their day in court to challenge President Duterte’s order allowing Marcos’ burial in the Libingan. They successfully forced delay upon delay of the burial by getting a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court, and resets of hearings on the case several times. If they rejoiced when the Court was favoring them, they should graciously accept their defeat now.

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Andanar captured the sentiments of the majority of the Filipinos. And shall we add, enough of these temperamental brats. Let’s move on.

MARYANN DELOS SANTOS, [email protected]

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