Lagman petitions to have Marcos remains exhumed


Posted at Nov 21 2016 01:12 PM

Photo from Imee Marcos' Facebook page

MANILA - Albay Representative Edcel Lagman and the family of the 'Desaparecidos' on Monday filed for a petition to have the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos disinterred from the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

In the six-page "Urgent Motion or Petition for the Exhumation," they asked that whatever was buried in Marcos' grave on Friday be digged up.

The group believes the secret burial of the late dictator is "premature and irregular" since the burial "preempted" any motion for reconsideration the petitioners could have filed within the 15-day reglementary period after the receipt of the decision.

The petitioners also want the exhumed body to undergo forensic examination to determine whether the body buried was Marcos' actual mortal remains or a replica.

They also plan to file a separate petition to have the members of the Marcos family and police and military officials who may have worked together to accomplish the burial be held in contempt.

Former lawmaker Satur Ocampo earlier Monday lodged a 17-page petition seeking to hold hold the Marcos family and key defense and
military officials --namely Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Ricardo Visaya, and Read Admiral Ernesto Enriquez, Deputy Chief of Staff for Reservist and Retiree Affairs-- in indirect contempt for violation of the Rules of Court.

Ocampo, et al. specifically argued that respondents violated Section 3(d), Rule 71, which covers "improper conduct tending, directly or indirectly, to impede, obstruct, or degrade the administration of justice" as one of the grounds for indirect contempt.

- with report from Johnson Manabat, DZMM and Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News