SC asked to order exhumation of Marcos' remains

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 21 2016 05:35 PM

MANILA - Opposition lawmaker and Albay Representative Edcel Lagman urged the Supreme Court (SC) to order the exhumation of the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos, three days after Marcos was interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).

In an 8-page pleading filed with the high court before lunchtime on Monday, Lagman said the exhumation of Marcos' remains was necessary since his burial was "premature, precipitate and irregular" on the basis that the decision allowing the burial "has not attained finality and was not executory."

On November 8, the high court, voting 9-5, with one abstention, junked seven petitions assailing the move of President Duterte to allow Marcos' interment at the LNMB. The ruling also ordered the lifting of a status quo ante order (SQAO) earlier issued that halted the burial for some two months.

"Since the object of the premature burial is the so-called interred 'mortal remains' of Marcos, perforce the same must be exhumed as a rectification of the void execution. 

"The exhumation is imperative in order not to render moot and academic the petitioners' forthcoming and seasonable motion/s for reconsideration, the resolution of which had been preempted by the precipitate burial in the wake of nationwide protests and cogent commentaries against the subject Decision of the [SC]," Lagman's motion read.

The exhumation is also intended to "effectively censure and discipline" the Marcos family and top defense and military officials for their "disrespect" against the SC, the motion stressed.

The motion further pointed out that "with the inordinate haste and stealthy circumstances which shrouded the interment, there is no certainty as to what was actually buried in the LNMB."

As such, Lagman asked that a forensic examination of the buried remains be conducted to determine whether what was actually interred were Marcos' remains, and "not any other artifact or a wax replica of the late dictator, since his remains could have been buried decades ago in Batac, Ilocos Norte as he reportedly wished to be buried near his mother, the late Doña Josefa Edralin Marcos in Batac."

Lagman also informed the high court that he will also be filing a pleading to cite respondents in contempt of court.

Another group of petitioners, led by former Bayan Muna Representative Saturnino Ocampo, filed a separate petition with the SC, also on Monday, to cite respondents in indirect contempt.