A JUSTICE of the Supreme Court yesterday said that the tribunal will adhere to what the Constitution says when it rules 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; and the court can not be an advisory body.
“Court doesn’t act on abuse of discretion; it should be grave abuse... Breach of a right has to be made clear by petitioner,” he said.
For his part 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 a 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”.
Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro likewise 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 those with a military background.
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 is not be buried at the LNMB.
Meanwhile, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, also present at the oral arguments as resource person, said the proposed burial of the former president at the Libingan ng mga Bayani will have no legal bearing on the pending civil and criminal cases against his family and alleged cronies.
Also, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno asked if the victims who applied with the Human Rights Victims Claims Board are now expressing what happened to them during the Marcos regime.