Solons vow to have Marcos body removed from heroes' cemetery

Kimberly Jane Tan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 18 2016 02:07 PM

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The tombstone of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Screengrabbed from the Facebook page of Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos

MANILA - Several lawmakers on Friday vowed to have former President Ferdinand Marcos removed from the Libingan ng mga Bayani following his family's secret burial for the late strongman.

The Marcoses on Friday successfully transferred the late dictator's remains from Ilocos Norte to the Heroes Cemetery, unbeknownst to the public.

But Liberal Party president and Senator Francis "Kiko" Panglinan, a proud student activist during the Martial Law years, said this does not mean he Marcos will stay there.

"Dahil habang may mga taong naninindigan laban sa naging pag-aabuso ng diktadura, itutulak natin na ang mga labi niya ay dapat ilipat," he said in statement.

[While there are people who stand against the abuses of the dictatorship, we will move to have his remains transferred.]

"They may have won this battle but the war is far from over," he added.

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said they had filed with the Supreme Court a manifestation that they will be appealing its decision to allow the burial, which petitioners were supposed to have 15 days to do.

"So if the burial is precipitated then most probably we can file a motion to have the remains exhumed from having been buried despite the lack of finality of the Supreme Court decision," he said in an interview on ANC.

He said they may also file a motion to declare for contempt of court all of those involved in the sudden burial.

"This is a continuing deception and underhandedness of the Marcos family and they are just continuing the abuses and atrocities committed during Martial Law," he said.

Earlier, SC spokesperson Theodore Te said there is no order prohibiting the burial.

Senator Risa Hontiveros, however, said the Marcos family can never alter history, specifically the many human rights abuses during Martial Law.

"Walang puntod, walang mausoleo, walang desisyon ng anumang korte o utos ng sinumang pangulo ang makapaglilihim sa katotohanan na hindi bayani si Marcos," he said.

[There is no grave, no mausoleum, no decision of any court or order from any president that will keep truth that Marcos is not a hero.]

"Now more than ever, we must remain vigilant that our democracy remains and that we don't repeat the bloody mistakes of the past," added Senator Bam Aquino.