A JUSTICE of the Supreme Court yesterday bared that the tribunal will adhere to what the Constitution says when ruling on the burial of late President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.
During the oral argument on several petitions challenging Marcos’ heroes burial, Associate Justice Marvin Leonen stressed that the SC should rule only on the specific issue at the right time, with the right pronouncement; that this court can be an advisory body.
Breach of a right has to be made clear by petitioner, he said.
Also, Associate Justice Jose Perez asked the petitioners who are heroes worthy to be interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Perez noted that Republic Act 289, an act on providing for the construction of national pantheon for presidents of the Philippines, national heroes and patriots of the country does not specify any criteria on who are “worthy of inspiration and emulation of this generation and of generations still unborn.”
For her part, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro noted that there is no system of evaluation to determine who are qualified to be interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
She said most of the people interred at the LNMB are mostly those with military connections.
One of the petitioners, former party-list Representative Neri Colmenares insisted before the high court that it is important for the human rights victims that Marcos should not be buried at the LNMB.
Meanwhile, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales also present in oral arguments as resource persons said the proposed burial of former president at the Libingan ng mga Bayani will have no legal bearing on the pending civil and criminal cases against the late dictator’s family and their alleged cronies.