SC extends anew ante order on Marcos' burial

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 18 2016 02:11 PM | Updated as of Oct 18 2016 03:13 PM

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday extended anew the status quo ante order on the planned hero's burial for former president Ferdinand Marcos.

The high court moved to November 8 the actual voting on whether or not the late dictator's remains should be interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te said.

SC first opened its oral arguments on the issue in August after several Martial Law victims filed a petition against the planned burial due to atrocities committed by the late dictator during his military rule from 1972 to 1981.

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."

A hero's burial will mark a high point in the Marcos family's political comeback, which was severely set back by the narrow loss of former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. in the vice presidential elections last May.

The late dictator's body was returned to the Philippines in 1993, four years after he died in exile in Hawaii. He was overthrown by a military-backed revolt popularly known as People Power in 1986.

- With reports from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News