Marcos hero’s burial divides SC

FORGIVE AND FORGET Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos flashes the peace sign during a rally held by Marcos loyalists outside the Supreme Court building. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

FORGIVE AND FORGET Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos flashes the peace sign during a rally held by Marcos loyalists outside the Supreme Court building. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

THE proposal to bury former President Ferdinand Marcos appears to have divided the Supreme Court (SC), which is expected to tackle the controversial case on Tuesday.

According to well-placed sources of The Manila Times in the high court, two draft decisions have been circulated by two justices who presented divergent views.

Associate Justice Benjamin Alfredo Caguioa, the ponente of the case, released among the justices a draft of his more than 60-page ponencia late Monday afternoon.

The source said Caguioa rejected the grant of a hero’s burial to Marcos and moved to grant the petition of various groups blocking the burial of the late strongman at the heroes’ cemetery in Taguig City.

Caguioa’s draft ponencie clashed with the opinion of Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta, who also circulated his “reflections” on the case Monday.

The source said Peralta supported the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

He added that some justices took the side of Peralta while others leaned towards Caguioa.

“Sigurado nag hati ang Court kasi magka-kontra na yung dalawang drafts sa Marcos burial. But definitely may numero na on both sides (It looks like the court is divided because the two drafts clashed),” another SC source said.

The case was included in the agenda of the court en banc todayas Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno returns from her wellness leave.

The justices however may not vote on the case today since the draft ponencia and the separate opinion were circulated only on Monday.

The status quo ante order (SQAO) issued by the tribunal that prevented the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani expires today.

President Rodrigo Duterte has been pushing for the interment of Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery.

However, several groups and personalities, including former Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales and former Senator Heherson Alvarez, asked the court to stop the planned burial.

On Tuesday, Marcos’ eldest daughter Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos led a prayer vigil outside the SC compound in Padre Faura St., Manila. Marcos loyalists marched to Manila from Ilocos Norte Friday, with stops in Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Pampanga and Bulacan.

Marcos called for national unity and asked that her father be buried at the Libingan.

“I think there’s nothing wrong in expressing our firm stand that Apo Marcos should now be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani along with soldiers, and all those awarded with medals.”

“To all those opposing (Marcos burial), let’s give this one to the President and to us Ilocanos as one way to forge national unity. We can expect all wounds to heal once my father is buried in the Libingan,” she stressed.

“To those who are criticizing and who are not allied with us, I hope you set aside your grievances. All of us have anger and bitterness in our hearts but we should set that aside because, as the pope said: ‘When we forgive, you will be free and happy’,” Marcos told reporters.

Marcos and his wife Imelda led their family into US exile in 1986 after a military-backed “People Power” revolution toppled him from power.

Marcos died in Hawaii three years later. His embalmed body was brought back to the Philippines in 1993 and placed in a glass-topped casket at his northern Philippine home.


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  1. Your grievances should be brought to the proper forum. Kung human rights or corruption cases yan, dalin nyo sa hukuman. Pero yung pag libing sa dating Pangulo sa LNMB karapatan ni Marcos yan dahil yun ang nasa batas. Wala naman sinasabi dun sa rules na bawal siya ilibing dahil may mga tumututol. Don’t mix it up people

  2. Agree that President Marcos must be buried at the libingan Ng mga bayani. No one can deny that he was a President and a soldier. For That alone he is entitled. Damn Etta Rosales and her yellow cohorts, they don’t own the country. Give way to the desire of our President Duterte his word holds more water than those radical opportunist.

  3. Anak ng tokwa naman mga SC justices, delaying tactics nanaman yan, kaya di nakakapagtaka ng yung mga kaso sa municipal court, rtc ay inaabot ng siyam siyam sa tagal dahil kayo din pasimuno. Napaka simple at dali naman ng dapat nyo desisyunan pinapatagal pa, mag botohan na kayo, tapos na agad! Lets be real, even before may mag file ng kaso may mga desisyon n kyo, ano pa inaarte nyo? Ang dami pang nakapila ng kaso na dapat unahin.

  4. Yes, I think it is high time that Filipinos should put grievances where it should be. If we are the indeed the the number 1 catholic citizen in the Asia Region then it is embedded in our religion that should learn to forgive so as to be forgiven. It is not that we go to church and recite the act of contrition and give a peace sign during the mass but never give peace to a dead person. Are you sure that you are catholic or just a catholic hypocrits. Yes the Martial Law era has it good and its bad just like in any administration their are achievements and their are negative acts. But can we blame the leader for every wrong that has happened during his watch, yes if we adopt the military teachings of command responsibility. But does this “command responsibility” is acceptable and prevailing at all times? We are a Laws of Men and not men of laws, by which our norms are protected by laws in the exercise of our freedom as guaranteed by our Constitution. The law provides on who are those that are allowed to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani as this place is reserved for people who have rendered public service to the Filipino people. The law provides for specific persons likewise provides exceptions. And to follow te burial of the late PMarcos is in accordance with such laws. The family of the late president like all others is entitled to the same laws of protection and freedom accorded to all filipino citizens and therefore can demand such freedom and protection. Discussing the concerns of those who are against the burial which is centered on “Lives lost during the Martial Law Era which they say are victims of Human Rights Violation committed and attributed to PMarcos. But let us likewise look on how many filipinos were benefited thru the emerging of the SME’s. The MASIKAP program of the government was indeed beneficial to industries promoting cultural handicrafts and cottage industries. Employment rate during those times was high because of these cottage industries sprouting in every provinces all over the country. But, in reality at the end of the day no one could ever please everybody. Business then was not concentrated in the metro as work was in the outskirts of every city and in every municipality. Yes, marcos was one of the great president that our country has. But the filipino “crab mentality” would always be their to pull any good person down. In the end I do hope that the Justices of the Supreme Court would rule on this issue based on Law and not of emotion, and show to the Filipino that our Justice System is blind and will afford equality among all its citizens no matter how situated.


    Filipinos will end up the laughingstock of the world if they bury Dictator Marcos — whom they once drove out of the country — at its Cemetery of Heroes (Libingan Ng Mga Bayani) and hail him as a “national hero.”

    Marcos’ dictatorial regime is most notorious for the thousands of deaths and the imprisonment of his political enemies. His plunder of the national treasury ensconced him as “The World’s Greatest Thief” in the Guinness Book of Records.

    The Marcos dictatorship is the worst blight in Philippine history and unless the people can prevent Marcos’ burial at the National Heroes Cemetery, Filipinos would end up no less than like that dog that returned to, and ate, its own vomit!

  6. kahit sabihin pa ng SC na hindi hero si Marcos pwede pa rin siyang ilibing sa LNMB dahil siya ay dating Presidente at isang sundalo hanggang hindi nababago ang batas pwede siyang ilibing sa LNMB.,

  7. Well, the Court is a home to a Yellowtard appointees so what do we have to expect here. I’m sure it’s a lost battle in the Court but it’s a victory to the Filipino People because the stigma on Marcos family had been broken. They are totally back and I am happy with that. The Yellowtards will never be able to bring the Marcoses down again as they have lost credibility. The Court, going against the burial, will drastically lost its standing from the people. It will be a Kangaroo Court of the YELLOWS!

  8. The law is very clear. The Late President Marcos is very much eligible to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. As former Head of State and a soldier. We still confident that the High Court will rule base on legal and not emotional factor.

  9. Bayad utang is simply mababaw Etta! The status quo ante order (SQAO) issued by the tribunal that prevented the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani expires today. Right then and there Pres. Digong must comply with the law and have FM buried at the LNMB upon the SQAO expiration. Lets move on…

  10. “We express our gravest concern at the public admission made last week by President Rodrigo Duterte that he received money from Imee Marcos as support for his electoral campaign,” Rosales’ group said in a statement distributed to media yesterday”.

    “The group said the supposed financial support was not declared in Duterte’s Statement of Contributions and Expenditures submitted to the Commission on Elections”

    Is this a case of perjury?

    Is DU30’s support to bury FM at the LNMB a payback to the Marcoses?

    Was a there a deal made between Imee Marcos & DU30

    • I remember, during the presidency of FVR, upon the return of the Marcoses from Hawaii. The government made a deal that Ex President Marcos will only be buried in Ilocos. What happened to the deal?

    • i thought the case is in the SC to decide now. why politicized when the law of the land is about to be heard. affirmative or otherwise, law as decided by the SC must be followed. digong has said he will abide by the decision of the SC. clear your thought guys….rosales? crap! supreme court na nga eh!

  11. Maribel A. Calanda on

    Yes, I agree that the greatest Philippine president must be buried alongside his fellow soldiers or comrades-in-arms after all he was a good president. He never tolerated the abuses done by the military. He dismissed several officers and soldiers who were found guilty by the AFP military tribunal. Just like Duterte, FM never authorized the military to abuse its ranks and powers. It is not state-sanctioned. Let us put the burial issue behind us, the truth of the matter is many Filipinos benefitted from the good side of martial law. The 70’s was the best for the country. We have the best music, best performing arts, best cultural presentation, best tourism campaign (Ms. Universe and Thrilla in Manila) and the best educational system for the students. There were really a few who were victims but they did not number in millions. The ultimate goal for the greater good is one of the best thing that happened during the period of Martial Law. Hence, the SC should allow the burial of President Marcos at the LIbingan ng mga Bayani.

    • If there is a constitutional law that permits the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, then, let the law dictates the remedy. These are all political posturing. Nararapat lang na mailibing is Apo Marcos sa Libingan ng mga bayani…..