- Supreme Court justices will hear oral arguments next week on the petition filed against the burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
- The SC has not yet issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the appeal filed by the victims of Martial Law
- Petitioners insisted that burying Marcos at the Libingan violates existing laws and is contrary to the Constitution
The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Wednesday, August 24, concerning the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery).
Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te told on Tuesday that the hearing next week will be at nine in the morning.
The respondents, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and former First Lady Imelda Marcos, are required to attend an initial conference on Monday, August 22, at 2 pm.
The SC also ordered them to respond to the petition filed by victims of Martial Law. They have until Monday to reply to the appeal requesting the court to stop the burial of the former president at the Libingan in Taguig City.
Arguing that the burial of the late dictator at the Heroes’ Cemetery violates existing laws and contradicts the Constitution, the petition filed by Martial Law victims urges the Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO).
According to the petitioners, the burial will jeopardize their 2 billion US dollars claim for damages against Marcos for violating their human rights.
Mrs Marcos, deputy AFP chief of staff for reservist and retiree affairs Rear Admiral Ernesto Enriquez, and AFP chief of staff General Ricardo Visaya were named respondents in the petition.
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“The said judgment is pending execution and the burial of Marcos in LMB could affect the already difficult search for Marcos hidden wealth and the full execution of the judgment,” the petitioners pointed out.
They furthered that President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to bury Marcos in the Libingan for being a soldier is unacceptable as the former president does not qualify as a soldier citing AFP Regulation G 161-373 stating that "those who have been dishonorably discharged from service, or personnel convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude." - Kami Media