Petitioners appeal SC ruling allowing Marcos burial at LNMB

admin   •   November 28, 2016   •   5949

The parade during the simple burial ceremony of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on November 18, 2016 at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. (Ricardo Malasa / Photoville International)

The parade during the simple burial ceremony of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on November 18, 2016 at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. (Ricardo Malasa / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — Groups opposing Marcos burial are not giving up on their cause even when the remains of the former president has already been interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Petitioners filed separate motions for reconsideration pleading the Supreme Court on Monday to reverse its ruling which allowed Marcos’ burial.

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The group led by former Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Satur Ocampo reiterated that Marcos burial is against the constitution.

They also claim this is against the spirit of Republic Act 10-368 which recognizes and provides compensation to the victims of human rights violations during the Marcos dictatorship.

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National Union of Peoples’ Lawyer (NUPL) Sec. General Atty. Ephraim Cortez said, “Ang paglilibing kay Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani ay tahasang paglabag sa mga karapatan at sa public policy na nandun sa batas na yun… bukod pa dun sa mga paglabag sa constitutional provisions lalo na ang ating konstitusyon ay isang reaksyon sa diktadura ni Marcos kaya maraming provisions sa pag-respect sa human rights.”

(Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani is a blatant violation of the rights and the public policy provided in that law…that is aside from the violations of constitutional provisions especially since our constitution is a reaction to the Marcos dictatorship. Hence, it provides several provisions on the respect for human rights.)

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The petitioners also stressed that their motion cannot simply be rendered moot and academic because their arguments were never considered in the Supreme Court decision adding that the ponente merely relied on the AFP regulation.

They are giving the court full discretion on proper remedies should it decide to grant their motion.

Atty. Cortez added,“Kung hahayaan na simpleng sabihin na mooted ang mga issues, parang binigyan na natin ng approval yung ginawa ng mga Marcoses nai-preempt yung kapangyarihan ng Supreme Court to resolve with finality itong mga issues nani-raise natin sa petition… those issues were ignored that’s why there is a reason to reiterate.”

(If [they are] allowed to simply resolve that the issues are moot, it’s like giving approval to the action of the Marcoses which preempted the power of the Supreme Court to resolve with finality the issues we raised in the petition. Those issues were ignored that’s why there is a reason to reiterate.

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Another petitioner, Albay Representative Edcel Lagman filed a separate motion.

In addition to a reversal of the decision, Lagman wants the court to order the exhumation of Marcos remains and prohibit its burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

The issue on Marcos burial has also reached the negotiating table of the government and the National Democratic Front.
Former Bayan Muna Partylist Representative, “Nag-i impinge na sa peace talks ito eh. Sinabi na ni Luis Jalandoni na under the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), mayroong provision dun, the two sides agreed to recognize the plight of the victims of human rights violations and to work for their compensation.”

(It impinges on the peace talks already. Luis Jalandoni already said that under the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), there is a provision there, the two sides to recognize the plight of the victims of human rights violations and to work for their compensation.

The former lawmaker says NDF Chair Fidel Agcaoili will meet President Duterte about the issue in the next few days.

(RODERIC MENDOZA / UNTV News & Rescue)

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Robredo honors all freedom fighters during Marcos era on Ninoy Aquino Day

Robie de Guzman   •   August 21, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday honored the sacrifices of the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, and all Filipinos like him who fought against dictatorship and for the restoration of freedom in the country.

In a message to mark Ninoy’s 36th death anniversary, Robredo recalled how Ninoy’s death had inspired a movement that brought down the “rapacious” regime of then President Ferdinand Marcos.

“Every Filipino alive at that time remembers where they were when Ninoy fell. It was the defining moment for an entire generation: a moment that would inspire a movement that would ultimately bring down the dictator three years later, and bring about a restoration of the freedom Ninoy had given up his life and liberty fighting for,” Robredo said.

The vice president also pointed out that Ninoy was not the only one who made the ultimate sacrifice for the country’s freedom.

“Thousands of Filipinos fell during the dark years of dictatorship, resisting till their last breath the cruelty and corruption it brought. Thousands more were estranged from their families, were thrown into prison, were subjected to brutality and humiliation. Many of them remain nameless and unheralded in our memorials and history books,” she said.

“So, when we celebrate the 21st of August, it is not just Ninoy Aquino we remember, but all those like him, both the nameless and the heralded, who gave of themselves so that we could be free,” she added.

“In this remembrance, we express both our deepest gratitude for the sacrifices made on our behalf, and, perhaps more significantly, our persistent commitment to defend the freedom they won back for us.”

Robredo also lambasted those who “dismiss the significance of Ninoy’s sacrifice,” or “question the validity of the movement it inspired,” and those who are pushing a revised version of history, claiming that the Marcos regime “was not so bad after all.”

“The simple truth is, Ninoy Aquino was a Filipino who gave his life for his country. His love for his homeland was seen not in easy talk or slick PR stunts, but instead blazed brightly through long years of imprisonment, of exile, and in the end, of martyrdom,” she said.

“Many talk about being willing to die for our country. Ninoy was one of the courageous few who actually did,” she added.

Ninoy, a staunch critic of the Marcos government, was assassinated upon his return from a three-year exile in the United States on August 21, 1983. He was shot and killed at he was shot and killed at the then Manila International Airport (now named after him) as he was escorted off the airplane.

Ninoy’s death led to protests that sparked snap presidential elections in 1986, which led to the 1986 EDSA Revolution that catapulted his wife, Cory Aquino to presidency.

Duterte tells gov’t workers to be like Ninoy Aquino; serve with honor, integrity

Robie de Guzman   •   August 21, 2019

Ninoy Aquino | By president.gov.ph

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday hailed the sacrifice and the important role that the late former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. played in restoring the country’s democracy as the nation marks his 36th death anniversary.

In his message, Duterte said Aquino’s sacrifice altered the course of the nation’s history and still continues to ignite the spirt of heroism among Filipinos.

“Today, we remember Benigno S. Aquino Jr. and his important role in restoring our democratic institutions more than three decades ago. His sacrifice altered the course of our nation’s history and still continues to ignite the spirit of heroism among our people,” he said.

Aquino was a well-known opposition figure and a staunch critic of the then-President Ferdinand Marcos.

He was imprisoned for his beliefs during the Martial Law before he and his family moved to the United States in 1980 to seek medical treatment which eventually led to his self-imposed exile for three years.

Upon returning to the Philippines on August 21, 1983, he was shot and killed at the then Manila International Airport (now named after him) as he was escorted off the airplane.

Ninoy’s death led to protests that sparked snap presidential elections in 1986, which led to the 1986 EDSA Revolution that catapulted his wife, Cory Aquino to presidency.

Duterte also expressed hope that this “auspicious occasion” may remind us of what we had lost “so that we may remain committed to our solemn duty to safeguard the freedoms that we now enjoy.”

“I also hope that Ninoy’s remarkable life as a public servant will move my fellow government workers to serve with honor, integrity and purpose as well as inspire our youth to be of service to their country and fellowmen,” he added.

Duterte also acknowledged that even halfway into his six-year term, there is still much that has to be done to eradicate the problems that plagued the country even during Ninoy’s time.

“Despite our gains in these past three years, there is still a lot that needs to be done if we are to completely eradicate the poverty, corruption and injustice that had plagued our nation even during Ninoy’s time,” he said.

“Let his example guide us as we strive to uplift and protect the most vulnerable in our society and ensure that all Filipinos will enjoy the blessings of freedom, democracy and the rule of law,” he added.

Sandiganbayan junks 30-year-old forfeiture case vs. Marcoses, cronies

Marje Pelayo   •   August 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Sandiganbayan Second Division has dismissed the 30-year-old forfeiture case against the late former President Ferdinand Marcos, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, and cronies.

According to the anti-graft court’s decision dated August 5, the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) ‘miserably’ failed to show evidence that the accused accumulated billions worth of ill-gotten wealth during their time in office.

“Plaintiff (Philippine government) miserably failed to adduce evidence to hold defendants Ferdinand E. Marcos and Imelda R. Marcos liable under any of the causes of action set out in the amended complaint,” the court said.

“It saddens the Court that it took more than 30 years before this case is submitted for decision and yet, the prosecution failed to present sufficient evidence to sustain any of the causes of action against the remaining defendants,” it added.

The PCGG filed the case in July 31, 1987, accusing the Marcos couple and cronies of amassing huge amount of public funds.

The ruling said the PCGG “failed to illustrate” how the late ambassador to Japan Roberto Benedicto and other cronies served as dummies of the Marcoses to acquire alleged ill-gotten wealth from various “schemes, devices and strategems” during their regime.

Aside from the Marcoses, also cleared were Rafael Sison, Placido Mapa, Jr., Don M. Ferry, Jose Tengco, Jr., Ramon Monzon, Generosa Olazo, Cynthia Cheong, Ma. Luisa Nograles, Leopoldo Vergara, Jose Africa and Rodolfo Arambulo.

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