“Since there is already a petition in the Supreme Court, as we said, we welcome a petition, we welcome any opposition. Let the court decide as to the validity. We will respect whatever decision of the Supreme Court,” Salvador Panelo said, the chief presidential legal counsel.
Led by former Bayan Muna party-list representatives Satur Ocampo and Neri Colmenares, the martial law victims filed a temporary restraining order to stop the Armed Forces from pushing through with Marcos’ burial next month.
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Petitioners argued that the Libingan was built under the power of RA 289 “to perpetuate the memory of all presidents of the Philippines, national heroes and patriots for the inspiration and emulation of this generation and of the generations still unborn.”
Furthermore, they said that the law “only allows the burial of a president or soldier worthy of public inspiration and emulation.”
“The burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani simply mocks and taunts Section 1 of RA 289,” a line included in the petition.
The petitioners revisited the memory of more than 50,000 people who were arrested during the first three years of martial law, as well as the thousands who were tortured, summarily executed, and made to disappear in the same era.
They also reasoned that Marcos’ ouster in a military-backed civilian uprising in February 1986 is enough evidence and justification that he should be disqualified—and not even be considered—to be buried at the Libingan.
“To be collectively ousted from office for moral decadence and depravity is dishonourable enough and such political action by the Filipino is far, far greater than a judicial conviction for a crime that involves moral turptitude.”
The filing of petition was done a day after hundreds came to join a rally in Rizal Park to protest the President Duterte’s nod to the burial of Marcos, which would be a fulfilment of one of his campaign promises.
However, Duterte fired back that Marcos deserved be to be buried in the Libingan since he was a president and a soldier during World War II. ASCS
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