• SC stops Marcos burial

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    THE SUPREME Court on Tuesday halted for a 20-day period the planned burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, handing an initial victory to critics of the late strongman and human rights victims.

    Magistrates issued a status quo ante order sought by petitioners to stop next month’s hero’s burial for Marcos, which was earlier approved by President Rodrigo Duterte.

    The order of the court en banc will last for 20 days while the justices are studying the case.

    A status quo ante order means the parties cannot act until further orders from the high court.
    Oral arguments, originally set on Wednesday, were reset to August 31 at 10 a.m.

    Also, the high tribunal granted the request of the Supreme Court Public Information Office to livestream the audio of the oral arguments, “subject to the usual conditions and restrictions imposed.”

    There are a number of petitions against the Marcos burial at the Heroes’ Cemetery.

    The petitions were filed by former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo, et al.; Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, et al.; former Commission on Human Rights chairwoman Loretta Ann Rosales, et al.; former senator Heherson Alvarez, et al.; and Zaira Baniaga, et al.

    Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana had issued a memorandum, dated August 7, informing Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Ricardo Visaya of the verbal orders of President Duterte on July 11 regarding Marcos’ burial at the military-owned cemetery.

    Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa was appointed to write the ponente or main decision. He is also handling the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.

    As a result, Caguioa will be handling cases involving the Marcos father and son in the high court.

    Caguioa is in a tricky situation, being a former classmate and appointee of former President Benigno Aquino 3rd, whose family is at odds with the Marcoses.

    Opposition lawmakers hailed Tuesday’s order.

    “We laud the Supreme Court’s status quo ante order and we hope that after due proceedings, it will lead to a permanent injunction,” Akbayan Party-list Rep. Tom Villarin said.

    Lagman, whose family fought the Marcos regime, said: “We truly appreciate this favorable development. That means to say that the Supreme Court will look very keenly on the arguments proffered by the petitioners.”

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    1. You all still dont get it!!you lot!!very simple Law that said Libingan ng mga Bayani is not just for Heroes!!!That is for the president and Soldier who served the Country!!!why u all base into the Title???Lubingan ng mga Bayani???President Marcos was Our Past President and He was A Soldier Right???very easy to understand but because of You lot who cant Move on!!!then what you would expect???God let this People open their Eyes and heart!!!

    2. On September 07, 1993, the body of President Ferdinand E. Marcos was returned to the Philippines as President Fidel V. Ramos’ decision to allow the body to be returned. Although Ramos lifted Aquino’s ban on the repatriation of Marcos’ body, he has continued to object to giving the former dictator a state funeral or burying him in the National Heroes’ Cemetery in Manila as the Marcos family desires. Nor has Ramos acceded to Imelda Marcos’ pleas that Ramos at least attend her husband’s funeral in his hometown of Batac.

      For more than two decades or 20 years, both the victims of the Martial Law and other personalities who are against Marcos as well as the Marcos family kept silent on the issue of Marcos burial at the National Heroes’ Cemetery in Manila and seems satisfied with President Fidel V. Ramos’ decision. In fact, the Marcos family, Imelda, Imee and Bongbong, participated in all elections held, be it local and national.

      The succeeding administrations of Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Noynoy Aquino also did not allow Marcos to be buried at the heroes’ cemetery. Aquino declined to decide the issue and instead tasked Vice President Jejomar Binay to study the matter and submit a recommendation. Binay recommended that Marcos be buried with military honors in Batac. The Marcoses refused, insisting on fulfilling the dictator’s wish.

      After the tenure of Cory Aquino, Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Arroyo, and Noynoy Aquino, they found an ally in Rodrigo Duterte, the elected President in the May 2016 election. With Duterte’s decision the issue of Marcos burial at the National Heroes’ Cemetery in Manila came to surface again and once more it will cause division among our people. If ever, the Supreme Court will decide in favor of the Marcos family, the Petitioners will continue to force the issue unabated that will surely cause havoc in our community. If ever it will happen, Duterte should and must be blamed

      As I said earlier, for more than two decades or 20 years, we Filipinos kept silent on the issue of Marcos burial seemingly satisfied with President Fidel V. Ramos’ decision. Having said that, the Supreme Court must decide with finality to throw out the government’s plan to bury former President Ferdinand Marcos at National Heroes’ Cemetery in Manila.

    3. jose b taganahan on

      The headline is wrong or at the very least misleading, the SC did not stop the planned burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, even as it issued a 20-day status quo ante which will expire on September 12, 2016 while the planned burial will ne on September 18, 2016

    4. The Stay Order is good only up to Sept. 12. What happens thereafter if no TRO is issued since the burial is scheduled on the 18th.

    5. The Marcoses are very much insistent? Hero na kong hero si Dictator Marcos, pero sa mga ginawa nyang pangungurakut sa kaban ng Bayan ngayon siya ay nagiging pasaHERO NA Tigilan niyo na yan, o kaya dalhin nyo sa pyramid of Egypt at itabi kay Tutankhamin. Palibutan ninyo ng Art Work na naroon ngayon sa Central Bank.