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Supreme Court clears Duterte of any violation for allowing Marcos burial - Noah Luchansky

Earlier today, the Supreme Court (SC) of the Philippines made a historic ruling junking the petitions filed by former Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo, et al.; Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, et al.; former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairwoman Loretta Ann Rosales, et al., former senator Heherson Alvarez, et al.; and Zaira Baniaga, et al. seeking to halt the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).
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Here are the highlights of the historic decision:

  • Voting 9-5, with 1 inhibition, the SC has allowed the burial of the late Pres. Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani
  • In favor of Marcos burial at LNMB: Velasco, De Castro, Brion, Peralta, Del Castillo, Bersamin, Perez, Mendoza, Bernabe
  • Against Marcos' burial at LNMB: Caguioa, Sereno, Carpio, Leonen, Jardeleza
  • SC confirms 9-5 vote allowing burial of former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani
  • SC lifts status quo ante order on Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani
  • SC: No grave abuse of discretion on the part of the president in allowing burial of Marcos at LNMB; no laws violated
  • SC: Marcos a former president, former commander-in-chief, legislator, retired soldier.
  • SC: Marcos not dishonorably discharged from the service; not convicted by final judgment of moral turpitude.
  • SC: Marcos burial at LNMB does not fall under any disqualification under AFP Regulations.
  • SC: Petitioners failed to prove that Pres. Duterte is motivated by 'utang na loob' and 'bayad utang' to the Marcoses
  • SC on Marcos burial at LNMB: Notwithstanding the call of human rights advocates, the Court must uphold what is legal and just
  • SC: Pres. Duterte not bound by 1992 FVR-Marcoses Agreement re Marcos burial in Batac; pres. may amend/revoke/rescind political agreements
  • SC directs De Lima, OSG to submit memoranda on presidential immunity from suit in connection with De Lima's writ of habeas data petition

During the election campaign, President Duterte promised to allow Marcos' burial at the LNMB. He argues Marcos is qualified to be buried there simply because there's no law prohibiting it. He said he will do it "not because he was a hero, but because he was a Filipino soldier."

The Libingan ng mga Bayani was established in 1947 to pay tribute to Filipino soldiers and fallen heroes, and to serve as a final resting place for former Philippine presidents, war veterans, notable government statesmen, dignitaries, and national artists.

Earlier, Duterte appealed to the Supreme Court to rule on the issue based on the law and not on emotions.

He added that regardless of its ruling, the Supreme Court's decision be followed.

Supreme Court clears Duterte of any violation for allowing Marcos burial - Noah Luchansky Supreme Court clears Duterte of any violation for allowing Marcos burial - Noah Luchansky Reviewed by Raelyn Luchansky on 5:47:00 AM Rating: 5

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