Martial Law victims appeal to SC: Stop Marcos’ burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani

  • Human rights victims during the Martial Law seek Supreme Court intervention to stop the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
  • The group appealed to the SC after President Rodrigo Duterte stood firm on his decision on the planned burial
  • Marcos’ interment is set to happen in September

Victims of human rights abuses during the Martial Law has appealed to the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the planned burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Various groups led by Martial Law victims such as Bayan Muna and Samahan ng Mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detention at Aresto (SELDA) went to the High Court on Monday, August 15 to file a petition for injunction after President Rodrigo Duterte stood firm on his decision.

In their petition, the group assailed that the late dictator’s burial at the national shrine contradicts with the very law that created it.

“[Republic Act 289] states that only Presidents worthy of emulation and inspiration deserve to be buried there. Marcos is a dictator and should not be emulated or be a source of inspiration,” former Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares was quoted in a story by Rappler.

Another argument of the petition was that deal made between the Marcos family and former President Fidel Ramos in 1992 that allowed the return of the late President’s remains in the Philippines after being exiled in Hawaii.

The deal stated that the body can be taken home to the Philippines but it will be buried in Ilocos Norte, the bailiwick of the Marcos family. It also called against parading Marcos’ remains.

“To abandon the agreement, to reboot the entire process, exhume his remains and allow his burial at (the heroes’ cemetery) is to relive the terror and horrors of his victims who have, until now, not been given justice,” the petitioners said.

On Sunday, thousands protested against the planned interment for Marcos. But Duterte remained firm on his decision.

“There is clarity in the regulations governing the late President Marcos burial.  The President shall therefore remain undistracted and it shall be governance as usual with his full and undivided attention in winning the war against drugs, criminality and corruption,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement on Sunday.