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FM Libingan burial freeze set to expire

  • Written by Hector Lawas
  • Published in Nation
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THE status quo ante order issued by the Supreme Court putting on hold the government’s plan to bury the remains of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani is set to expire this week.

The order issued by the high court expires on Tuesday, October 18, on the day that magistrates are set to hold their regular en banc session where the issue could be one of the topics discussed.

The SC issued last September 7 the order extending the 20-day status quo order.

The SC issued the order after the oral arguments on the consolidated petitions opposing Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ended with the government represented by Solicitor General Jose Calida arguing that the former strongman is qualified to be buried at the exclusive cemetery.

The six earlier petitions challenging Marcos’ burial at the Libingan were filed by groups of martial law victims led by former Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Satur Ocampo, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman and former Commission on Human Rights chair Etta Rosales; a group led by former senator Heherson Alvarez; a group of University of the Philippines students; and former Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao human rights chair Algamar Latiph.

The petitioners argued that the planned burial of the late dictator is “illegal and contrary to law, public policy, morals and justice” and that allowing the burial would violate Republic Act No. 289 (which provides that the purpose of the construction of a national pantheon is to perpetuate the memory of all the Presidents of the Philippines, national heroes and patriots for the inspiration and emulation of this generation and of generations still unborn) and RA 10368 (Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act).