Palace: Marcos burial within the year


Posted at Nov 11 2016 03:22 PM

MANILA – The Palace on Friday said the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani “would be within the year.

The Supreme Court this week ruled that the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to allow the burial of the late strongman at the Taguig cemetery does not violate the Constitution or any law.

Following the high court’s ruling, the only son and namesake of the the late president said, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., said the family had resumed preparations for the burial.

Mr. Marcos said the family was hoping to have his father buried at the heroes' cemetery within the year.

Amid the resumption of preparations for the burial, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, one of the petitioners who sought to block Marcos’ burial at the heroes’ cemetery, asked the high court to continue its stay order on the burial pending its final decision.

In its majority decision, the SC ruled that the late president possesses all the qualifications to be interred at the cemetery.

It ruled that Duterte’s decision was within the bounds of the Constitution and the Administrative Code. It also argued that the petitioners failed to demonstrate how the burial threatened their rights.

The majority also pointed the procedural error of the petitioners when it ran to the SC instead of seeking relief from a lower court.

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Restituto Padilla earlier said it is up to the Marcos family to decide whether the late strongman would be accorded a state funeral befitting a former President or a more modest soldier's burial.

Under the first option, Marcos will get arrival honors at the cemetery, a funeral march, a 21-gun salute, and Value of Fire rites.

His eldest daughter Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos said the family only wants a "soldier's burial," not a state funeral.