NUPL chief: 'Yes, Marcos was a president, soldier, but he was evil, dishonest'

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Posted at Nov 28 2016 04:35 PM

MANILA- The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) is asking the Supreme Court (SC) to reverse its Nov. 8 decision allowing the burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes’ Cemetery.

NUPL President Atty. Edre Olalia said they disagree with two major points in the SC decision: the procedural questions and the substantive issues.

“We are in strong disagreement as to the findings of the majority of the court when it ruled that the petitioners do not have a standing that the case is not subject for judicial review and that we did not exalt the administrative remedies. We have jurisprudence to contest that finding by the majority,” Olalia said in an interview on ANC’s 
“Dateline Philippines.”

He added that the group also contests the court’s finding that there is no law that governs the Marcos burial decision. The law he cited was Republic Act 289, “An Act Providing for the Construction of a National Pantheon for Presidents of the Philippines, National Heroes and Patriots of the Country.”

“There is in fact a law and that is Republic Act 289 which sets definite standards as to who and under what conditions can somebody be buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, aside from the fact that it is in violation of the constitution and certain laws as well as a violation of public policy,” he said.

Olalia added that the grounds for Marcos’ interment should not be simply based on the fact that he was a president and soldier.

“Certainly, he is a president. Certainly, he is a soldier but the more important [question] is what kind of president was he? What kind of soldier was the former dictator? He was a very evil president. He was a very dishonest soldier,” he said.

If approved, Olalia said they would leave it to the high court in making an “effective, practical and even dignified” way by which the reversal of the decision can take effect.

The late dictator was clandestinely buried at the Heroes' Cemetery on Nov. 18, just 10 days after the SC allowed it.