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SC justices have conflicting views on Marcos burial issue

Even Supreme Court (SC) justices have conflicting views on the decision of President Duterte to bury the remains of the late former President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Taguig City.

RIGHT AT THE PRESIDENT’S TURF – Activists in Davao City stage a protest at the city’s Freedom Park against the planned burial of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani next month. President Duterte had announced the burial of the former strongman, sparking protests in various parts of the country, including the President’s own hometown. (Keith Bacongco / 2016.mb.com.ph)

RIGHT AT THE PRESIDENT’S TURF – Activists in Davao City stage a protest at the city’s Freedom Park against the planned burial of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani next month. President Duterte had announced the burial of the former strongman, sparking protests in various parts of the country, including the President’s own hometown.
(Keith Bacongco / 2016.mb.com.ph)

Justice Teresita J. Leonardo de Castro said there is no system of evaluation to determine who are qualified to be buried at the LNMB.

In her interpellation of the petitioners in the six cases against the Marcos burial at LNMB, De Castro pointed out that most of the people interred at the LNMB were those with military connections.

She said that “even spouses of the secretaries of national defense are buried there.” Then she asked: “Are they heroes?”

Justice Jose Portugal Perez said “there is no established body or agency which can determine who is a hero or not… not the Supreme Couort, the legislative or the President.”

But Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio articulated directly against Marcos burial at the LNMB.

Carpio said Marcos does not deserve a heroes burial because he was “dishonorably discharged” by the people in 1986.

“Marcos cannot be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” he said.

At the start of the oral arguments, the petitioners against the LNMB burial of Marcos reiterated their opposition as they cited the “cardinal sins” of the late former President that deny him of a heroes burial.