Discreet burial of late Pres. Marcos, a show of disrespect to the Supreme Court — critics

admin   •   November 21, 2016   •   7432

Part of the simple ceremony of the burial of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. (PHOTO: Ricardo Malasa)

Part of the simple ceremony of the burial of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. (PHOTO: Ricardo Malasa)

MANILA, Philippines — The sudden and sly burial of the former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani can be considered a disrespect to the high court, according to critics.

That’s why petitioners want the Marcos family as well as Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana and some officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to be held in contempt.

They also ask the court to order the return of the money the government paid for the burial of Marcos since the decision of the high court on the matter is not yet final.

Petitioner Atty. Neri Colmenares said, “The decision stays, at hindi siya pwedeng ma-execute pending the resolution on the finality of the decision.”

(The decision stays, and it cannot be executed pending the resolution on the finality of the decision.)

The petitioners also believe that the Marcoses seem to be overriding the decision of the court on the motion for reconsideration they will file.

Based on the rules of court, the petitioners can still appeal the decision of the Supreme Court until Friday this week.

National Union of Peoples’ Lawyer (NUPL) Secretary General Atty. Ephraim Cortez commented, “Halatang deliberate na binalewala nila yung pagkakataon ng court at ng mga parties na mag-file ng reconsideration at pagkakataon ng court na i-review yung kanyang decision.”

(What they did is obviously deliberate. They disregard the opportunity for the parties to file a reconsideration and for the court to review the decision.)

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A massive protest set on Friday is now being prepared by those who oppose the Marcos burial.

Another petitioner Satur Ocampo said, “Kung kampante ang mga Marcos na talagang nagtagumpay na sila sa ruling ng Korte Suprema, dapat hindi nila itinago o inilihim.

(If the Marcoses are really confident of the ruling of the Supreme Court, they should have not kept the burial in secret.
The anti-Marcos burial groups believe that the people should closely watch out for the Marcoses’ apparent objective of returning to Malacañang.)

Campaign Against the Return of Marcoses to Malacañang Convenor Boni Ilagan said in concern, “Ang pangamba diyan ay gagamitin nilang political capital itong nangyaring paglilibing na palihim.”

(What’s alarming is that the burial might be used as political capital.)

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RELATED: Marcos finally laid to rest at Libingan ng mga Bayani in private ceremony 

Judges, court personnel hospitalized due to COVID-19 to get financial aid — Supreme Court

Robie de Guzman   •   April 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Judges and court personnel who contracted novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be provided with financial assistance from the Supreme Court, the Office of the Court Administrator said Wednesday.

In a circular issued by Court Administrator Midas Marquez, the cash assistance will range from P15,000 to P30,000 for those hospitalized depending on the severity of their illness.

Families of those who succumbed to death, whether hospitalized or not, will receive P50,000.

The financial assistance was approved by Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo with the concurrence of the members of the Court en banc.

“Considering that there are judges and court personnel of the first and second level courts who contracted COVID-19 while in the performance of their functions there is a need to help them defray the hospitalization expenses incurred in treating COVID-19 infection,” the circular read.

Potential recipients of the assistance are required to submit a copy of the positive result of the RT-PCR test from March 2020 onwards, a medical certificate stating the clinical findings of the illness caused by COVID-19, a death certificate indicating that the patient died of COVID-19 or its complications, disbursement voucher, and obligation request.

The SC Public Information Office said that some 1,113 judiciary personnel tested positive for COVID-19 with 20 fatalities.

Supreme Court: Oral arguments on anti-terror act to resume April 27

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The oral arguments on petitions questioning the legality of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 will resume on April 27, the Supreme Court (SC) said.

In an advisory, the SC said the next oral arguments would be held via videoconferencing “given the current public health situation.”

“Oral arguments shall resume on April 27, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. which, per prior order, is two weeks after the lifting of enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Judicial Region,” the SC said.

“This arrangement shall be pro hac vice [for this occasion only] vis-à-vis these consolidated cases. Personal appearance before the Court En Banc remains to e the primary mode of conducting oral arguments,” it added.

The proceedings will be streamed online but will only be limited to an audio feed, the high court said.

The oral arguments on the 37 petitions lodged against the measure were put on hold since last month due to the spike of infections and other COVID-19 concerns.

SC releases copy of decision on Marcos’ electoral protest

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) has released a copy of its decision junking the electoral protest filed by former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.

Based on the 91-page decision of the SC Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), Marcos’ “allegations appeared bare, laden with generic and repetitious allegations and lacked critical information.”

It also junked the third cause of action of the electoral protest which is the annulment of elections in three provinces: Maguindanao, Lanao Del Sur, and Basilan.

After the recount, Robredo got a total of 14,436,337 votes, while Marcos got 14,157,771 total votes.

Last February, the SC dismissed Marcos’ electoral protest; however, the former Senator said it does not include their third cause of action.

According to the tribunal, Marcos also failed to prove there was an anomaly during the elections and that Robredo was behind it. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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