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FM hero’s burial legal, SolGen Calida insists

  • Written by Hector Lawas With Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
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The government yesterday stood pat on the legality of the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).

Solicitor General Jose Calida said there was nothing illegal in allowing the burial to proceed because the Supreme Court has given its go-signal in its decision last Nov. 8.
   
Also, Calida stressed that the SC ruling allowing the Marcos burial was immediately executory.
   
“As a result of the dismissal of the petitions, there was no further hindrance for the respondents (Palace, Department of National Defense and Armed Forces) to proceed with the burial of Ferdinand Marcos’ remains at LNMB,” he explained in a text message.
   
Furthermore, Calida expressed belief that the plan of Lagman and other petitioners to seek contempt of court order against the government, and also an order to exhume the remains of Marcos pending finality of the ruling would not prosper.
   
“Rep. Lagman and other lawyer-critics should brush up first their knowledge on recent jurisprudence regarding the effect of lifting of status quo ante orders in certiorari cases before they bash the respondents in media,” he suggested.
   
The top government lawyer also said he does not see the SC reversing its ruling on the matter, citing the clear margin in the 9-5 voting of the justices.
   
“Given the numerical superiority of the majority, I don’t think the Supreme Court will reverse it,” he stressed.   
   
Meanwhile, a high-ranking House leader yesterday expressed strong belief that the SC will not reverse its nine against five and one abstention ruling that paved the way for the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
   
Deputy Speaker and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro, a lawyer, said the SC is expected to affirm its previous ruling and will not overturn the decision which became further controversial after the Marcos family led by former First Lady-turned-Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Romualdez-Marcos decided to bury the remains of the former president at LNMB despite the pending motion for reconsideration before the High Tribunal.
   
“In my own estimate, the Supreme Court will never undo what it has done and will never overturn its decision,” Castro told Rowena Salvacion’s radio morning program yesterday.
   
After the lifting of status quo ante order, Castro explained that there is no more order from the SC that bars the government’s issuance of “green light” for the Marcos family to bury the remains of the former president at LNMB.
   
“Final o hindi [ang ruling], wala nang sagabal. In short, there is no restraining order. Wala nang sagabal eh. Wala nang pumipigil sa Marcoses at sa gobyerno na ituloy ang paglibing kay Marcos [sa Libingan ng mga Bayani),” Castro explained.