As emotions run high over Marcos burial, Pacquiao urges nation to 'move on'
Hours upon his arrival from the US, Manny Pacquiao has waded into the debate over the Supreme Court's decision to allow deposed president Ferdinand Marcos' burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. AP

TWO days after beating Jessie Vargas inside the square ring, Manny Pacquiao has waded into another battle.

This one's a lot more complicated.

Flying in from the US on Tuesday and immediately heading to the Senate, Pacquiao wasted no time making his feelings known over the Supreme Court's decision to allow the burial of deposed president Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. 

"Kung Konstitusyon ang pagbabasehan natin, once na ikaw ay naging president at elected ka, you have the right (to be given a state burial)," the senator-boxer told reporters.

"Kumbaga, qualified ka na ilibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani," said Pacquiao, who stressed that the late dictator had the right based on his being elected as a president.

In response to the public outrage over the SC decision, Pacquiao urged forgiveness.

"Kung kayo naniniwala sa Panginoon, ang Panginoon nagpapatawad, tayo pa kaya, hindi tayo nagpapatawad, 'di ba? Especially para lang sa paglilibing."

The senator also urged everyone to "move on."

"Para sa akin, yung sugat naghilom naman siguro yun. Move on na tayo, 'di ba?" said Pacquiao who added that only God can mete judgment.

"Kung anuman... ipasa-Diyos na lang natin kasi siya lang ang puwedeng manghusga."

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