Marcos burial a go unless SC issues halt order – Palace

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 17 2016 02:14 PM

MANILA – The burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani will ''proceed as planned'' unless the Supreme Court issues an order halting it, Malacañang said Wednesday.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said arrangements for the burial are ongoing but stressed that no date has been set yet.

''The process is ongoing but nobody's rushing anything. People will respond as appropriately as possible,'' Abella said in a press briefing.

''Everything is starting to move according to arrangements. Unless there's a TRO (temporary restraining order) or anything like that, it will proceed as planned."

At least two petitions have been filed before the Supreme Court asking for a stop to the planned burial.

The high court did not issue a TRO but instead ordered the conduct of oral arguments.

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.

A second petition, meanwhile, was also filed by relatives of ''desaparecidos'' or enforced disappearance victims and several lawmakers.

The petitioners argue that Marcos is unfit for burial at the hero's cemetery and his interment there would be in violation of several laws and the Armed Forces of the Philippines burial guidelines in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Abella, nonetheless, said President Rodrigo Duterte would abide by any SC decision on the matter.