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August 22, 2016

Can the Supreme Court Stop Marcos’ Burial at the LNMB?

President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly announced that he will allow the deposed dictator’s body to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani despite protests. Despite the human rights abuses during Martial Law, the President claims that Ferdinand Marcos can be buried there as a former president and soldier.

Today’s guest is the Supreme Court spokesperson Attorney Theordore Te.

The Supreme Court has opted to conduct an oral argument on a petition by Satur Ocampo on Aug. 24, at 9am. There’s a second petition however we will know what the Supreme Court will do regarding that petition – if they will combine the two or not.

Time Table

All parties related to the case will be invited and called to participate when the petitioned presents their arguments. The defense will also have a chance to present their argument and that’s how it is done. We don’t have any time table with regards to the proceedings and length of deliberation. However the court is aware that we are all under a deadline.

People Power

We could feel the sentiments of those who were opposed to the Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani during the recent display of public protest (in Luneta). These people believe that the late strongman was no hero. Victims of human rights abuses during martial law and their families recounted their stories during that gathering for people to remember what triggered the original “People Power”.

The Origin

“This show has no fear for its strength comes from the people.”

During Martial Law in the mid 70’s, this was the standard intro that we would declare each day; “Metro Manila Banat” by Pareng Caloy of DzRH. I went by the name Pareng Rey and we were the first to give voice to “People Power” as early as 1976. Ten years later in 1986, the term “People Power” would be a common and familiar term that became the by-word of the Edsa Revolution and later on become, a world-wide phenomenon.

It was people’s power that brought down another dictator, Slobodan Milosevic, the former president of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. People’s power would be heard again in Nepal, Myanmar, Romania, Czech Republic, Korea, Germany, and Egypt.

And the rest is history.


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