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SC acts vs FM burial

The Supreme Court (SC) issued yesterday a status quo ante order (SQAO) that stopped the government for 20 days or until Sept. 12 from proceeding with the burial of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Taguig City.

In a press briefing, Spokesman Theodore O. Te said the SC, in a full court session, reset to Aug. 31 the oral argument scheduled today on the six consolidated petitions against the burial.

SQAO refers to “the state of affairs that preceded the onset of a controversy.” On the issue involving Marcos’ burial at the LNMB, the state of affairs before a controversy is that his remains lie in Batac, Ilocos Norte.

Te said the SC granted his office’s request to live stream the audio of the oral argument “subject to the usual conditions and restrictions imposed.” (Rey Panaligan)