Lawmakers, NGO file 2nd petition vs Marcos hero's burial

MANILA, Philippines – Several lawmakers and the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) have filed a petition before the Supreme Court against the scheduled interment of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Albay First District Representative Edcel Lagman, principal author of the Republic Act 10368 or the Martial Law Victims Reparations Act, represented FIND in the petition filed Monday afternoon, August 15.

Members of the House minority bloc such as Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr, Akbayan Representative Tomasito Villarin, Capiz First District Emmanuel Billones, and Caloocan Secondnd District Edgar Erice joined FIND in the second petition against a hero's burial for Marcos. (READ: Groups mull asking SC to stop Marcos hero's burial

Groups composed of Martial Law victims – Samahan ng Mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detention at Aresto  (Selda), Coalition Against the Return of the Marcoses in Malacañang (Carmma) – and Bayan Muna filed a separate petition for injuction on Monday.

The second petition raised the following points on why Marcos does not deserve a slot in the national heroes' cemetery:

"No less than President Rodrigo Duterte declared in his State of the Nation Address that those who betrayed the people's trust must be punished and reckoned," the petitioners also pointed out.

They said this pronouncement contradicts the Chief Executive's decision to allow Marcos' burial at the revered shrine.

The SC was also urged to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the planned interment in September.

Duterte earlier said that he will respect the Court's decision but remained firm on his decision favoring the Marcos family. –

Patty Pasion

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