Supreme Court allows burial of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos at Heroes' Cemetery

The Supreme court has already issued decision on Tuesday that  Former President Ferdinand Marcos can be buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

By a vote of 9-5, the high court dismissed all the petitions challenging the proposed burial of the former strongman Marcos at the Heroes' Cemetery.

In a press briefing, SC Spokesperson Theodore Te pointed out some of the reasons in support to government's decision for allowing the burial of Marcos:

  • There was no grave abuse of discretion on the part of President Duterte in ordering the burial of Marcos; there is no law that prohibits the burial of the former president Marcos
  • The President has the power to decide on the use of land within the public domain; there is no law that excludes the Libingan ng mga Bayani
  • Marcos was former commander-in-chief, former soldier and former secretary of national defense
  • Some justices disagreed with the position articulated by others that the former president was dishonorably discharged; this applies only to the military
  • On the issue of moral turpitude: Marcos has not been convicted by any final judgment and the cases cited were all civil in nature
Associate Justices Arturo Brion, Presbitero Velasco Jr, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Jose Perez, Teresita de Castro, Jose Mendoza, and Estela Perlas-Bernabe dismissed the petitions to block the burial of Marcos at LNMB.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Associate Justices Antonio Carpio, Marvic Mario Victor Leonen, Francis Jardeleza, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa agreed with the petitions preventing the burial of Marcos at LNMB.

Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes inhibited himself from the case.

The Supreme Court ruled that President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to have Marcos' remains buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani did not break any laws nor did it show a grave abuse of discretion.

Meanwhile, Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said their family is grateful to the Supreme Court for its decision to allow his father to be buried at the LNMB.

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