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Martial Law victims plan to stop FM burial

Martial Law victims intend to ask the Supreme Court to stop the burial of President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.

The Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto a group of former political prisoners, said that it will lead Martial Law victims in seeking legal remedies before the High Court this week.

“Marcos is no hero. He was a mass murderer, torturer, and a plunderer,” said SELDA spokesperson Trinidad Herrera in a statement yesterday.

“To confer national honors to Marcos is a defilement of the people’s historic struggle against the tyranny of martial law,” added Herrera, one of the 9,539 members of the class suit against Marcos that was filed and won in Hawaii.

Herrera bared that the Martial Law victims, through their lawyers from the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, will file a petition for certiorari which aims to secure from the SC a Temporary Restraining Order or a writ of preliminary injunction against the Marcos burial at the Libingan.

“If such misdeed happens, it will be a grave injustice to the thousands of victims of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, illegal arrests and detention, torture, and harassment perpetrated by the Marcos fascist regime,” said Herrera.

She urged President Duterte to stop his plan to bury Marcos at the Libingan. “We reiterate our call to President Duterte to reconsider his decision to give such honors to a dictator and instead hasten the process of indemnification of the victims and relatives. Even in the sunset years of our lives, we will continue to fight for justice for all victims of Martial Law and state fascism,” he said. (Jeffrey G. Damicog)

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