The Supreme Court on Tuesday voted to allow the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, serving a blow to the cause of human rights victims during the Martial Law period.
Nine justices sided with the Duterte administration in allowing the burial at the heroes’ cemetery in Taguig City, while 5 magistrates, namely Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Associate Justices Marvic Leonen, Benjamin Caguioa, Francis Jardeleza, and Antonio Carpio, opposed the interment in the LNMB.
With the exception of Carpio, the dissenting justices were all appointees of former President Benigno Aquino III, whose mother Corazon was a key figure in the 1986 popular revolt that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.
Read the full text of Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin's concurring opinion:
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