• SC sets oral arguments on Marcos burial case

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    The Supreme Court (SC) did not issue an order stopping the interment of the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani but it scheduled oral arguments on August 24 at 9 a.m.

    SC spokesman Theodore Te said in a news conference that martial law victims, including the camp of former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana or their lawyers are expected to participate in the oral arguments.

    Reports said Marcos will be buried anytime next month at the heroes’ cemetery in Taguig City.

    Victims of human rights under Martial Law and several militant groups asked the High Court on Monday not to allow the burial of the former leader at the cemetery, insisting that he does not deserve it.

    President Rodrigo Duterte had been unwavering in his stance to allow the Marcoses to bury their patriarch at the cemetery for heroes since the former president was also a soldier.

    On Tuesday, Vice President Leni Robredo warned that Duterte’s decision will cost him, noting that even his trusted allies such as former President Fidel Ramos and former Interior and Local Government Secretary Rafael Alunan 3rd are against burying Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

    “That decision will have a big impact in the sense that those who fought against the dictatorship…their efforts will go to waste,” Robredo told reporters.

    “Of course, his decision will have an effect [on his political capital]. As we already know, his allies are even against it. As for me, I can only hope that he changes his mind until the last minute. We can only second guess what will happen in the coming days, but my hope hangs until the last day,” she added.

    Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said the opposition to giving Marcos a hero’s burial is about seeking justice for the desaparecidos or those who disappeared during Martial Law.

    “That is why we went to the Supreme Court to seek a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order). We filed a petition for prohibition because the desaparecidos are the worst victims of Martial Law atrocities. Their graves are not even marked with makeshift crosses because their graves are unknown. There has been no closure because we don’t know where, who and how they were killed,” Lagman said in an interview.

    “The desaparecidos antedated the yellow crowd or the yellow administration,” said Lagman, whose brother Hermon was among those who disappeared during Martial Law.

    “It’s the desaparecidos who are the real heroes and martyrs here, not the dictator and strongman. Burying Marcos in the Libingan [ng mga Bayani]is an injustice, it will leave us in discord, open the old wounds of Martial Law and make them bleed,” the lawmaker said.

    “Moving on is not about forgetting the sins of the past. That’s why those who were convicted of crimes are still able to stage a political comeback because there has been no demand for accountability. A hero’s burial for Marcos will bury the fact that he tortured and killed people. Instead, we are honoring him as a hero for those acts,” Rep. Teddy Baguilat, one of those who sought relief at the SC, said.

    Aquino blamed
    The camp of former Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday blamed President Benigno Aquino 3rd for the discord, saying the former president did not act on a recommendation to allow the burial of Marcos in his hometown in Batac, Ilocos Norte.

    According to Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado, recent debates on where to bury the late President could have been prevented if Aquino had acted on the recommendation.

    “The Aquino administration missed an opportunity to lay the Marcos burial issue to rest when it did not act on former VP Binay’s recommendation made as early as 2011 to allow the burial of Marcos in Batac, Ilocos Norte,” Salgado said in a statement.

    Binay, who submitted his recommendation to Aquino in June 2011, “noted that Marcos’ burial in Batac had the approval of the Marcos family,” he said.

    Binay was directed by Aquino in April 2011 to study the issue of burying Marcos’ remains at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

    The Office of the Vice President (OVP) solicited comments from various political parties, sectors, organizations and the general public, and held consultations with the Marcos family on the issue, according to Salgado.

    “However, Aquino did not act on the recommendation. That’s why the nation is once again torn by debates over a contentious issue that could have been buried a long time ago,” he added.

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    3 Comments

    1. ferdinand naboye on

      hope the supreme court will not again confirm the TRO for sale by giving another for the burial issue. for all the years after 1986 up to the last days of aquino in office no conviction was secured in court to pin the dead marcos of any crime. all is only allegation and plenty of which came from the so called yellow cult . It is high time the supreme court throws out the complain and let the burial be made to put everything to rest.

    2. Rizalito David on

      Depending on what will be the agreements during the preliminary conference, the oral arguments at the may expose certain facts which have been kept from the public that may likewise bury whatever little heroism there was in Mr. Marcos.

      Mr. Duterte may not have anticipated that his I’ll advised decision to have the burial done at this time will result into an even greatly diminished image of a Mr. Marcos in the eyes of the general public. His being a lawyer did not help as this matter is beyond the legal sphere. His being a non-stakeholder of the Martial Law years accorded him the insensitivity over the wounds and pains of those who sacrificed their lives for our people.

      Mr. Duterte must have thought that his political capital is enough to get this matter through. He failed to see through our wounded souls. Because his soul is not a healing one.

    3. If the oral argument is based on law and constitution not politics, morality, emotion and hatred for Marcos, Duterte wins in his decision. But one SC justice, Leonen, a leftist is sure to give a favorable vote to the petitioner.