Third plea against Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani filed

MANILA — Another petition has been filed before Supreme Court on Friday to oppose the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.

The 74-page petition filed by the Coalition Against Marcos Burial (CAMB), led by Loretta Ann Pargas-Rosales, former Commissioner of Human Rights, and Jo-Ann Maglipon, editor-in-chief of Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP), was the third of such plea before the high court after some martial law victims, led by former Bayan Muna Reps. Satur Ocampo and Neri Colmenare, and Families of Victims of Enforced Disappearances (FIND) also filed separate petition against the government’s plan to bury Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

CAMB petitioners claimed they were also victims of human rights violations committed during the years when President Marcos ruled the country with iron fist and utter disregard for the dignity of Filipino people.

Aside from Rosales and Maglipon , the other petitioners are Zenaida Mique, Fe B. Mangahas, Hilda Marciso, Aida Santos-Maranan, Ma. Cristina Bawagan, Milda Aguilar, Minerva Gonzales, Ma. Cristina Rodriguez, Francisco Rodrigo Jr., Loui Crismo, Liwayway Arce and Andulmari De Leon Imao Jr.

The petitioners said to honor the dictator is to dishonor his victims and that to bury Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani is to dishonor the survivors of torture, unlawful arrest, arbitrary detention, hamletting, dehuminazation, forced exile, physical and psychological abuse.

“Under our Constitution, never again will the excesses of power ravage untrammeled and unfettered. Our legislature has pledged billions in reparations to victims of human rights violations. Courts here and abroad, including the Honorable Supreme Court, have held the Marcoses guilty of ill-gotten wealth, which is now the basis to vindicate their human rights victims claims,” the petitioners said in their press statement.

“The tyranny of Ferdinand Marcos, his rapacity, and the violence he systematically unleashed against the people, is part of history. This is history enshrined as policy in various laws. From Executive Order No. 1 creating the Philippine Commission on Good Government to Republic Act No. 10368 also known as the”Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act 2013 °, and affirmed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the very agency mandated by law as the primary government agency responsible for history and has the authority to determine all factual matters relating to official Philippine history,” it added.

Named respondents in the plea were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Ricardo Visaya, AFP Deputy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Ernesto Enriquez and heirs of Marcos represented by Imelda Marcos.

The Supreme Court (SC) has set a preliminary conference and the conduct of oral arguments next week on the three petitions.

SC spokesman Theodore Te said the court directed the respondents to submit comment on the petitions and the application for Temporary Restraining Order within five days from Tuesday, with the comments to be received by the court not later than 10 a.m. on Aug. 22. Monday

Te added that all parties should appear for the preliminary conference at the SC Division Hearing Room on Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. and the conduct of oral arguments on Aug. 24 (Wednesday) at 9 a.m. at the high court’s En Banc Session Hall. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan/PNA/