The Supreme Court of the Philippines had extended the Status Quo Ante Order (SQAO) regarding the case tackling the transfer of the remains of late Former President Ferdinand Marcos to the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).
The order to extend it to October 18, 2016, was decided by the SC to study further the arguments presented by the petitioners.
Several petitions which are mostly from martial law victims were filed to prevent the burial of the former president at the LNMB.
According to former Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares, the former president does not deserve a slot at LNMB due to his violation of the Republic Act 289, “The law states that only Presidents worthy of emulation and inspiration deserve to be buried there,” Colmenares said.
Colmenares also added that the former president is a dictator and should not be emulated or be a source of inspiration.
President Duterte, on the other hand, reiterated that his decision on the issue is his “sole decision.” He also stated that Marcos is eligible of being buried at the LNMB not a hero but because he is a former soldier and a former president.
Solicitor General Jose Calida backed up President Duterte’s statement and says that the burial of Marcos could help the country forgive and to promote national healing.
“In the exercise of his powers under the Constitution and the Administrative Code, President Duterte, in his wisdom, deems it appropriate to inter the remains of former President Marcos in a parcel of land of the public domain devoted for the purpose of being a military shrine, and recognize his being a former President, a Medal of Valor awardee, a member of the retired military personnel, and a war veteran,” Calida stated.
The preserved remains of the former president located in a mausoleum in Ilocos Norte is still available for public viewing and will then be transferred to LNMB once the decision of the Supreme Court is final.