Senate rejects resolution vs Marcos burial

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Posted at Nov 14 2016 06:36 PM | Updated as of Nov 15 2016 04:07 AM

The embalmed body of former Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos is seen through a sealed glass coffin inside a dimly lighted mausoleum 11 September 1993 in his northern Philippine hometown. The government denied a Manila burial to the ousted president who ruled the country for 20 years. Mr. Marcos died in exile in Hawaii in 1989 after he was ousted by a popular revolt in 1986. Romeo Gacad, AFP

MANILA (UPDATE) – The Senate on Monday rejected the adoption of a resolution that seeks to assail the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. 

Eight senators voted to adopt the resolution filed by Senator Risa Hontiveros, three votes short of the needed majority 11 votes. Twenty senators were present in the plenary during the voting.

Hontiveros’ Resolution No. 86 seeks to express the sense of the Senate that the crimes of Marcos and the human rights violations committed under his regime have rendered him unfit to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Those who voted for the resolution were Senators Bam Aquino, Leila De Lima, Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan, Grace Poe, Joel Villanueva, and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III.

Pimentel, a Duterte ally, is a key figure in the political party PDP-Laban which fought the Marcos dictatorship. His father, former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr., founded the party.

Meanwhile, those who voted against the resolution were Richard Gordon, Gringo Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Manny Pacquiao, Vicente Sotto III, and Cynthia Villar.

Six senators abstained. They were Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, Francis Escudero, Sherwin Gatchalian, Ralph Recto, and Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Several protest actions have been mounted by anti-Marcos groups following the high court’s decision allowing the burial.

Those opposing the burial say the the SC decision perpetuates impunity as it did not take into consideration the sins of the late dictator.

The Marcoses, meanwhile, asked the public to move on and forgive them for the “unintentional” wounds caused by the patriarch’s rule. 

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.