Petitioners want Marcoses cited in contempt for ‘surreptitious’ burial

admin   •   November 18, 2016   •   3194

Former President Ferdinand Marcos' interment at Libingan ng mga Bayani. (Photo courtesy: Imee Marcos)

Former President Ferdinand Marcos’ interment at Libingan ng mga Bayani. (Photo courtesy: Imee Marcos)

 

Petitioners in Ferdinand Marcos’ burial cases will file a motion on Monday to ask the Supreme Court to cite the Marcoses in contempt for the surreptitious burial of Marcos’ remains at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Bayan Muna Partylist Congressman Carlos Zarate explained the decision allowing Marcos’ burial is not yet final and they still have 15 days to appeal.

Sa tingin namin highly contemptuous. Hindi lang contemptuous sa korte, contempt din ito sa mamamayang Pilipino dahil walang pagrespeto talaga (…) Sa kahuli-hulihang sandali, ninakaw pa rin nila ang karapatan, halimbawa, ng mga petitioner sa Korte Suprema na maghain ng isang motion for reconsideration,” Zarate said.

(We believe it was highly contemptuous, not only for the court but for the Filipino people because it was utter disrespect (…) Until the very last, they have stolen the rights of the petitioners before the Supreme Court to file a motion for reconsideration.)

The status quo ante order prohibiting Marcos burial was already lifted by the court when it promulgated the November 8 decision.

Last week, some of the petitioners filed a motion to defer the burial pending the court’s resolution on their motion for reconsideration.

“Well, hanggang sa huli, talagang lahat ay dinadaan sa panakaw (…) Mukhang ang gusto nila ay talagang iiwas ang paglilibing doon sa lumalaking protesta ng mamamayan. Umaasa sila na kapag patago ang paglilibing ay di makakapag-protesta sa LNMB,” said Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Secretary General Renato Reyes.

(Well, until the very end, everything was done surreptitiously. It seems they want to preempt the growing protest of the people. They are hoping that if the burial is done discreetly, no one will be able to protest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.)

Aside from the respondents, petitioners also claim President Rodrigo Duterte should be held liable because he allowed it.

“Desisyon po ito ni President Duterte at ng Marcos family. This is a campaign promise, sabi niya, campaign promise po ito at napagtataka nga paano po nangyari ito sa ating bansa. Ako po, I’m sure marami po sa atin somewhere between disbelief, anger, inis ang nararamdaman po ngayon,” said Sen. Bam Aquino.

(This is the decision of President Duterte and the Marcos family. I am wondering how this could happen to our country. I’m sure many of us are somewhere between disbelief, anger.)

Despite Friday’s victory for the Marcoses, the fight is still on for some who even hinted at exhuming the remains of the late president.

“Maaaring nakalibing siya ngayon doon pero hindi sila nakatitiyak na mananatili siyang nakalibing doon dahil kikilos tayo hanggang sa abot ng ating makakaya na iwasto itong hindi tamang pangyayari. We will tirelessly work to reverse and to undo this burial in the Libingan,” Liberal Party designated president Sen. Kiko Pangilinan said.

(He might be buried there for now but they cannot be so sure that he will remain there because we will do everything we could to correct this wrong. We will tirelessly work to reverse and to undo this burial in the Libingan.)

They said that more than the burial issue, Filipinos should be wary of the motive why the Marcoses have been insisting on a hero’s burial for the late president.

“Isa itong hakbang para linisin ang kanilang record at para palabasin na napakaganda ng martial law at ng pamumuno ng mga Marcos para makabalik si Bongbong sa Malacañang sa 2022. Yan ang ultimate goal,” Reyes said.

(This is step towards clearing their record and to make it appear that martial law and Marcos dictatorship was excellent to make way for Bongbong’s return to Malacañang in 2022. That’s the ultimate goal.) — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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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