Hearing scheduled on August 24
MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the conduct of oral arguments on the petition opposing the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery) in Taguig City.
Human rights victims during Martial Law and people's organizations filed on Monday a petition with the high court seeking to stop the Duterte administration's approval of Marcos' burial at the cemetery dedicated for war heroes, soldiers, former Presidents of the Philippines, and National Artists, among others.
The oral arguments will take place on Wednesday, August 24 at 9 a.m., according to SC Public Information Office (PIO) chief Atty. Theodore Te.
Respondents were also asked to comment on the petition within five days, or until 10 a.m. of August 22, Monday.
A preliminary conference will also take place on August 22, 2 p.m.
Petitioners are former Bayan Muna Representatives Satur Ocampo and Neri Colmenares, National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, Bonifacio Ilagan, Javier Colmenares, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan chairperson Carolina Araullo, Samahan ng Ex-Detainess Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto, Carmencita Florentino, Rodolfo Del Rosario, Felix Dalisay, and Danilo Dela Fuente.
Most of the petitioners are plaintiffs in a class suit filed in the 1990s in a Hawaii Court against Marcos' estate that seeks to recover compensation for the "human rights violations perpetrated during the Marcos dictatorship."
Petitioners said allowing Marcos' burial in Libingan ng mga Bayani would be a mockery of Philippine democracy.
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