By: Elena Grace Flores
Ibarra M. Gutierrez III, lawyer of the Coalition Against Marcos Burial, said that they have submitted their 74-page petition saying that burying the late Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani will be violating the country’s “anti-dictatorship Constitution,” and was not covered by the two initial cases filed before the Supreme Court recently.
“Indeed, respondents have already and repeatedly stated that they will implement the burial of Marcos at the Libingan despite the various issues plaguing the same,” the petition read.
Gutierrez stressed that the 1987 charter itself was characterized as an “anti-dictatorship Constitution” by its framers.
14 former victims, led by Loretta Ann Rosales, who was a former activist tortured and raped during martial law and became human rights commissioner composed the coalition.
“Our constitutional order, our policy for the past 30 years is being twisted. This is no mere technical matter on who should be buried; it hits the heart of the Constitution,” Gutierrez said.
“How would his victims fare, how could they claim their rights have been violated, that it was Marcos’ fault they were raped, tortured, and lost their loved ones, if the one responsible for everything is now suddenly a hero?,” Atty. Gutierrez added.
The high court has consolidated all petitions for the deadline today (Monday) August 22, 2016 before replying them after setting a preliminary conference to determine the issues to be tackled during arguments on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte earlier expressed that he would respect the SC’s decision on this matter.