MANILA - A classmate and appointee of former President Benigno Aquino III to the Supreme Court (SC) will handle the case involving the opposition to the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery).
According to well-placed sources, Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Aquino's last appointee to the high court, who also incidentally handles the election protest of Marcos' son, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr., against Vice-President Leni Robredo, will now handle the petition filed by victims of alleged human rights violations during Martial Law led by former Bayan Muna Representatives Satur Ocampo and Neri Colmenares.
The Marcos-related petitions were raffled to Caguioa's chambers.
Caguioa and Aquino were classmates from elementary to college at the Ateneo de Manila University. He also served as Aquino's Chief Presidential Legal Counsel from 2010 up to 2013, then as his Justice Secretary in October 2015 until Caguioa's appointment to the SC.
Incidentally, Caguioa was also a classmate of Liza Araneta-Marcos, wife of Bongbong Marcos, at the Ateneo College of Law.
Three petitions have been filed, so far, against Marcos' burial at the heroes' cemetery: Ocampo's petition, a petition filed by Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, et al., and a petition filed by former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Loretta Ann Rosales.
In a media advisory released Friday afternoon, the SC said it has ordered the consolidation of the three petitions.
All petitioners were directed to attend the case preliminary conference on August 22, at 2 p.m., and the oral arguments on August 24, at 9 a.m.