WATCH | As SC rules late strongman should remain buried at Libingan, activists vow to continue anti-Marcos campaigns

August 8, 2017 - 6:44 PM
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Former First Lady Imelda Marcos visits the glass coffin of her husband, late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the town of Batac, Ilocos Norte province, north of Manila March 26, 2010. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – While the Palace wants to put an end to the issue on the burial of the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos, activists have vowed they will continue their campaign against the issues surrounding the late strongman, including former senator Bongbong Marcos’ move to become the country’s second highest leader.

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We acknowledge the decision of the Supreme Court as the final arbiter of all legal questions. We hope the matter on the FM Libingan ng Mga Bayani will 
finally be laid to rest, and that the country will move forward as one united nation working for a comfortable life for all, law and order, and lasting peace,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said on Tuesday, August 8.

Abella made the pronouncement after the Supreme Court voted 10-5 to deny with finality motions for reconsideration on the exhumation of the body of the former chief executive from the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City and its burial elsewhere.

The petitions dismissed by the high tribunal were filed by Rep. Edcel Lagman of Albay; former Commission on Human Rights chief Loretta Ann Pargas-Rosales; former senator Heherson Alvarez; Zaira Patricia Baniaga; Algamar Latiph; and Sen. Leila De Lima.

The high court upheld its November 2016 ruling that thumbed down pleas by anti-Marcos groups and personalities to block President Rodrigo Duterte’s order allowing Marcos’ burial at the LNMB.

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) on Tuesday said “despite the legal setbacks” before the high court, “the fight against the Marcos restoration continues.”

“We are set to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Martial Law this year. The anniversary becomes even more meaningful given the attempts of the Marcoses to return to the highest position of the land,” Bayan said in a statement.

“What is important now is the struggle to uphold the judgement of history. The education campaign on Martial Law and the Marcos dictatorship continues. Calls to hold the Marcoses accountable continue. The younger generation must know the truth about the Marcos dictatorship,” the group added.

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