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Nothing wrong in burial – Alvarez

House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez sees nothing illegal in last Friday’s internment of President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libi-ngan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City but backed protesters in expressing their sentiments over the secrecy shrouded burial.

However, opposition Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman said a serious violation of the law may have been committed since both the Supreme Court and the Armed Forces of the Philippines do not have a clear guarantee that what was interred at the LNMB was the real remains of Marcos and not a mere wax figure as many have suspected.

Lagman called for the exhumation of the Marcos remains because its burial lacked a final and executory ruling from the High Court. He pointed out that a motion for reconsideration of the 9-5 SC ruling on the LNMB burial is still pending.

Aside from seeking a court order to dig up the remains, Lagman has also vowed to ask the High Tribunal to declare those behind the secret interment in direct contempt of court.

In a press statement, Alvarez called on all sectors to “respect” the decision of the Supreme Court on the burial. “We are a government of laws and not of men. This cardinal principle of a democratic system is the basis of the Supreme Court ruling allowing the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” said Alvarez.

The House leader pointed out that Malacañang is “well aware that some sectors are vehemently” objecting to a hero’s burial for Marcos who is being blamed for widespread murders and human rights violations committed against dissenters during his 20 years in power.

“They can express their grievances as part of freedom of speech and of expression and they can freely exercise their right to peacefully assemble to articulate their sentiments. This is part and parcel of our democratic tradition and the government will uphold these fundamental freedoms and right enshrined in our Constitution,” he said.

Among those who joined the chorus of condemnation against the Marcos burial were Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro of ACT Teachers party-list; Emmy de Jesus (Gabriela party-list); Tom Villarin (Akbayan); Carlos Isagani Zarate (Bayan Muna), and Sarah Elago (Kabataan party-list). (Ben R. Rosario)

comments
  • cristy F

    anong walang masama pero meron meron meron nasaktan nyo damdamin ng mga biktima,.

    • nad

      kailangan na nilang mag patawad at lawakan ang kanilang mga isipan kasi sinunod lang nila ang batas.

  • prince

    Oo nga eh! OA lang kasi tong mga bitter na Dilawan!

  • liem

    kailangan na kasi mag ptawad para wla ng gulo pa.

  • robert

    kung marunong lang tayo sumunod sa batas sana walng gulo

    • ferd

      ang batas mo ang mali para lang sa mga mayayaman yan nasusunod.

  • mica

    sumunod tau sa batas dahil yun ang naayon di natin pede sapawan ang batas na nagawa na

  • mahal

    ang reckless ng mga anti dapat let it go total alam nyo naman ang nakaraan kaya ttumigil na kayo

    • sally kim

      dami pa ksing ampalaya sa mundo.

  • christine

    tanggapin nyo nalang na nailibing na si marcos!

    • walter

      oo nga! move on move on din pag may time!

  • sean

    wla na rin tayo magagawa nangyari na.

  • ken

    wala naman talaga! Kasi sinaad naman sa batas na credible sya dun!

    • josh

      Oo nga. ang hirap kasi marunong umintindi ang iba.

  • nem

    may karapatan din nman sya na ilibing doon at naayoon yon sa batas.

  • cris.tore

    wala naman tlaga mali sa pagpapalibing kay marcos kasi naman move on nalang.

  • justin tumunong

    wala naman kasi tlagang nakikitng mali jan kasi naman ang iba hirap makalimut

  • tristan147

    kasi ang hirap sa iba ayaw magmove on pano kayo mkakapagforward into your life kung lingon kayo ng lingon sa nakaraan

  • christian

    kasi ang mabuting gawin jan tanggapin ang katotohanan na niibing na si marcos at wala na kayo magagawa pa jan

  • julie

    walang masama jan move on na dapt past is past

    • anton

      masyado kasi nilang dinadamdam ang pangyayari.

  • salvacion

    patapusin na ang issue na to para matapos na ang gulo dito sa ating bnsa.,,,

  • lester

    pano ba naman kc naging bayani ang diktador noon.

    • john mike

      move on na pre!masyado kang ampalaya.