Published: Tuesday 08 August, 2017

Supreme Court Denies Appeal vs Marcos Burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani

With finality, the Supreme Court ruled that the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani is legal and constitutional. This after the SC upheld its earlier decision and denied petitions seeking for its reversal. The high court likewise shot down a petition for the exhumation of Marcos’ body.

Marcos burial LNMB

The Supreme Court rules with finality that the Marcos burial at LNMB is constitutional. (GMA News photo)

In Tuesday’s en banc session, the Supreme Court ruled by a vote of 10-5 that its earlier ruling on the Marcos burial stands. It thus dismissed the motions for reconsideration filed by several personalities including Rep. Edcel Lagman and Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo. No reason was given for the dismissal.

The 10 justices who affirmed the decision were Diosdado Peralta, Presbitero Velasco, Teresita Leonardo De Castro, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano Del Castillo, Jose Mendoza, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Samuel Martires, Noel Tijam and Andres Reyes Jr.

The dissenting justices were Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno, Antonio Carpio, Marvic Leonen, Francis Jardaleza, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.

In its November decision allowing Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the Court said there was no law prohibiting the burial of Marcos at LNMB, and the former president met all qualifications to be interred thereat – a former president, statesman and war soldier.

In Tuesday’s ruling, the Supreme Court also denied a petition filed by Edcel Lagman calling for the exhumation of Marcos’ body because he was buried at LNMB even before the SC ruling was final.

Meanwhile, Malacanang called on everyone to move on from the controversial issue after the SC ruling on Tuesday.

“We hope the matter on the FM (Ferdinand Marcos) Libigan ng mga Bayani will be finally laid to rest and that the country will move forward as one united nation,” said the Palace in a statement issued by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella.