ACKNOWLEDGING the fact that former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, the son of the late dictator got 14 million votes in the vice presidential polls in May 2016, a government's chief counsel said that the country is no longer traumatized by its Martial Law experience.

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Solicitor General Jose Calida asserted before the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday, September 7, the second day of the oral arguments on the former president's interment at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“The 14,195,344 votes that Bongbong Marcos garnered in the last elections shows that there is no more national trauma as regards the Martial Law regime,”Calida said. 

Calida is representing the government officials named as respondents in 6 petitions – since consolidated into one – filed before the SC by activists and Martial Law victims opposed to a hero's burial for Marcos who were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Deputy Chief of Staff of the military’s Reservist and Retiree Affairs Rear Armiral Ernesto Enriquez, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Ricardo Visaya, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) Administrator Lieutenant General Ernesto Carolina.

During Calida’s interpellation, Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa cited Republic Act Number 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparations Act.

RA 10368 is recognizing the horrific experience of Martial Law victims by compensating them for the damages they suffered. 

The law also mandates the establishment of memorials for the victims.

Caguioa asked Calida if allowing a hero’s burial for Marcos would be a form of “retraumatization” for them and all the other victims.

“The pain that they (Martial Law victims) feel does not reflect the national psyche today?” Caguioa asked.

 “I am a human being. I feel their pain. But we're in a court of law. There are other venues where those pains can be expressed by the victims,” Calida replied adding that when the SC asked the victims to recount their experiences before the court last week that is a form of retraumatization itself. AJRSP

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