SC gives gov't 10 days to answer pleas vs Marcos burial

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 29 2016 02:44 PM | Updated as of Nov 29 2016 03:13 PM

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) has directed Malacañang, through Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and ranking defense and military officials to file their comment, within 10 days, on the motion for reconsideration (MR) by two groups of petitioners in the Marcos burial case.

Respondents were also asked to respond to the plea of former Bayan Muna Representative Saturnino Ocampo, et al. and Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, et al. to cite respondents in contempt, as well as Lagman, et al's plea for the exhumation of the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Marcos was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) on November 18, ten days after the high court junked seven petitions against the burial.

Also part of the November 8 decision was the lifting of the status quo ante order (SQAO) earlier issued, which halted the burial for two months.

Ocampo and Lagman's groups cried foul over what to them was a "clandestine" burial of the late strongman's remains, calling it an affront on the high court.

They insisted that the high court's decision is not yet final and executory, and stressed that their right to file an MR has to be respected.

The Marcos family, for their part, said that the lifting of the halt order only meant there was no more legal impediment against the burial.

SC Public Information Office (PIO) chief, Atty. Theodore Te, in a statement on November 18, also said there was no longer any order in effect to stop the burial.