SC orders Marcos, military to explain ‘surprise’ burial


THE Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the Executive department and the Marcos family to explain the “surprise” burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Following deliberations, the magistrates ordered the respondents to file their respective comments on the motions for reconsideration filed by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on behalf of martial law victims and militant groups headed by former Bayan Muna representatives Satur Ocampo and Neri Colmenares.

The Marcos family and the Department of National Defense were ordered to file their comments within 10 days from receipt of the order.

The court’s November 8 ruling, which saw a 9-5 vote in favor of the Marcos burial at the military-run cemetery, was not yet final.

Lagman’s group argued that the controversial burial of Marcos’ remains at the Libingan last November 18 did not render their petition moot and academic.

The human rights victims claimed to have legal standing on the matter as they were recognized by the state with the passage of Republic Act 10368 that provided them compensation. Reparation for human rights abuses under Marcos’ Martial Law, they argued, was not limited to monetary compensation.

The petitioners want Marcos’ remains exhumed and military authorities and the Marcos family cited in contempt as the ruling was not yet final.

Respondents to the case are Rear Admiral Ernesto Enriquez, deputy military chief of staff for reservist and retiree affairs, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Ricardo Visaya, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, and the heirs of the late strongman represented by his spouse, Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos and children Imee, Ferdinand Jr. and Irene.


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  1. Wondering what specific provision of the law was cited by petitioner claiming the right to exhume the body of Marcos, please let us know, if any? Otherwise, no basis for the claim at all.

  2. In the end, the petition will be junked. What a waste of time. This Yellows and Reds have become inutile and an eye sore of this country.

  3. The Supreme Court is riding in the publicity of Mr. Marcos burial (to make publicity) but avoid major issues like corrupt Justices, Senators, Congressmen and Policeman. This is the Justices of the Republic of the Philippines and remember they are not elected by the Filipino People, they were chosen by President(s) and approved to the office by the Legislative Branch of the government.

  4. First and foremost SC already gave a “go signal” as the burial shoul have been around September..Secondly, it is the Marcos families prerogative to choose a date, they could have done it right after the SC decision but still wait for 10 days..Thirdly, the military has been told in advance with the President’s go signal, the date must have never been announced but after SC decision they are certain it will happened..and last reason to avoid conflict between the Pro and anti which could be a bloody confrontation..Now the late president has been buried and from there let just move on!!

    • mabait ako talaga on

      There are so many readers missing the point and giving their shallow interpretations on this issue. The Supreme Court did not give anybody, to include the Marcos heirs a “go signal” as many people claim. The Supreme Court voted 9-5 in favor for Marcos Burial at the Libingan ang mga Bayani, which is a military-run cemetery. The Nov. 8 Supreme Court decision was not yet final at that time, but the Marcos heirs went ahead and buried him anyway, with the collaboration of the AFP, who provided ceremonial and other support activities for the burial.

  5. we are not under martial law so how can the military authorities and the apo lakay family win this?

    maybe there is! we have crooks in all the branches of our government not to mention the armed forces and the police.