The Supreme Court justices are still conflicted regarding whether or not to bury late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani in Taguig City, as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.

According to Justice Teresita J. Leonardo de Castro, there is no system of evaluation that would determine who and who are not qualified to be buried at the said site. In her interpellation, she noted that most of the people buried there had military connections.

“Even spouses of the secretaries of national defense are buried there,” she said. “Are they heroes?”

SC still undecided regarding Marcos burial
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However, Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio directly went against the Marcos burial. He said that Marcos does not deserve a hero’s burial because he was ousted or “dishonourably discharged” by the people in 1986.

The oral arguments stared with the petitioners citing the “cardinal sins” of the former president, which strips him of the right to be given a hero’s burial.

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman described Marcos as a “despot” and an “oppressor” during the martial law regime. “A Marcos hero’s burial would glorify a dictator, distort history, aggravate the injustice to human rights violation victims and their families, and mock the heroism of desaparecidos and oother victims of Marcos’ atrocities.”

Etta Rosales also told the SC that even President Duterte is bound to recognize such atrocities done by Marcos as human rights violations.

Former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares also emphasized that the Duterte’s decision to bury Marcos at the LNMB goes against the Republic Act No. 289 which states that only people worthy of emulation should be buried at the LNMB.

Furthermore, former political detainees and torture survivors said that the Marcoses are acting like monarchs by demanding that the victims of the late dictator should move on, absolve them of the human rights violations such as murders, torture, sexual abuses, and the disappearances during the 14 years of martial law.

“To ‘move on’ without justice is simply not possible for the thousands, even millions, of victims of the Marcos dictatorship. Instead, it is the MArcoses who should move on,” said Danilo dela Fuente, spokesperson of the Samahan ng mga Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA).

“The Marcos family and their cronies could not move on from the fact that the Filipino people toppled the Marcos dictatorship due to its puppetry to the US, massive plunder of public funds, oppression of already impoverished Filipinos, and human rights abuses. The Marcos family could not move on from the fact that even the US Hawaii court found Marcos guilty of human rights abuses on 9,539 counts,” he added. ASCS

Source: Manila Bulletin

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