- The right to reparation of the Martial Law victims would not be affected according to the heirs of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos
- This is their response to the petition filed against the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
- Recently, the Supreme Court released a status quo that prohibits the parties in the petition to bury Marcos at the said cemetery for the next 20 days
The Marcos family told the victims during the dictatorship of the late Ferdinand Marcos that hero’s burial of the dictator would not affect the reparations that they are entitled to receive.
According to the family lawyer of the Marcos Atty. Hyacinth Rafael-Antonio, the right to reparation of the victims will continue whether or not President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to bury Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani will be approved and implemented.
The respondents of the petitions filed against the Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani consist of the Marcos family and the Office of the Solicitor General, which represents the government officials cited in the petitions, filed their response to the petition last Monday, August 22.
The following day, a status quo ante order (SQAO) was released by the Supreme Court prohibiting the parties involved in the case from burying Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani for the next 20 days.
In response to the claims of petitioners in the case involving the human rights violations done during the Marcos regime, the family of the late dictator said they were irrelevant in the case.
“The injury caused to petitioners is generic and abstract and do not merit the issuance of writ of injunction prayed for. Aside from being irrelevant to the issue at hand, the allegations may not be assumed as facts but needs to be established with competent evidence,” said the family.
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However, according to the petitioners, a hero’s internment for Ferdinand Marcos would violate the Republic Act 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparations Act which stipulates that the state recognized the atrocities during the dictatorship through monetary and non-monetary reparation.
Moreover, they argued that Marcos does not deserve to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani for he is not a hero considering the effects of his regime to the Filipino people. Lastly, petitioners staunchly argue that the burial would be unconstitutional.
Meanwhile, Marcos loyalists camped outside the Supreme Court to show their support for the burial of Marcos at the said cemetery.
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“He should be buried there already because it is his right. How could you ever deny that he is the President of the Philippines. Hindi nila mapatawad. Patawarin mo na! Tapos you claim to be a Christian? Forget all those things para magkaisa na tayo,” said Artemio Lachica, a Marcos loyalist.
(They can’t forgive. You should forgive him! And then you claim to be a Christian? Forget all those things so we can all unite.)
Duterte’s plan to allow the hero’s burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani have earned different reactions from the Filipinos and until now the debate is still ongoing whether the late dictator deserves it or not. – Kami Media