Tuesday 8 August 2017

Supreme Court with a vote of 10-5 : Pres. Marcos will remain in Libingan ng mga Bayani

The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed with finality the motions for reconsideration on the transfer and burial of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Majority of the Supreme Court magistrates dismissed the petitions filed by Senator Leila De Lima; Representative Edcel Lagman of Albay; former human rights chairman Loretta Ann Pargas-Rosales, former Sena. Heherson Alvarez; Algamar Latiph; Satur Ocampo ; and Zaira Patricia Baniaga.
Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos burial last year in the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio.
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The Supreme Court enbanc voted 10-5 in dismidding the motion for reconsideration.  Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta was the one who made the ponencia.

“Wherefore, the motions for reconsideration as well as the motion/petition to exhume Marcos’ remains at the LNMB are Denied with Finality. The petition for indirect contempt in G.R. No. 228186 and G.R. No. 228245 are Dismissed for lack of merit,”

The ten justices were Associate Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Teresita de Castro, Jose Mendoza, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Justices Presbitero Velasco Jr,  Samuel Martires, Andres Reyes Jr., and Noel Tijam.

The five justices included Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, together with Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, and Associate Justices Francis Jardaleza, Marvic Leonen,  and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.

Justices  Andres reyes, Samuel Martires, and Noel Tijam all of which are appointees of President Duterte voted with the majority.

Last year, the SC ruled that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte did not violate a law but merely exercised his mandate under the 1987 Constitution. Also, the high court concluded that Marcos, being a former president of the republic have all the qualifications to be interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio.

The high court stated that: “former president and commander-in-chief, a legislator, secretary of national defense, a military personnel, a veteran, and a Medal of Valor awardee.”
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has een known to be close to the Marcoses, it was widely known that  Imee Marcos incumbent governor of Ilocos Norte supported Duterte’s presidential campaign.

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