PAO chief: Hero’s burial for Marcos at Libingan ng Mga Bayani has ‘legal basis’

Members of Catholic and Protestant church groups stage a candle-lighting protest as part of the “Anti-Marcos in Malacañang Campaign,” in Plaza Miranda on Tuesday. The groups recalled the accounts of torture, detention, disappearances and killings during Martial Law.(MNS photo)

Members of Catholic and Protestant church groups stage a candle-lighting protest as part of the “Anti-Marcos in Malacañang Campaign,” in Plaza Miranda on Tuesday. The groups recalled the accounts of torture, detention, disappearances and killings during Martial Law.(MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Atty. Persida Acosta on Wednesday said there is a legal basis to allow the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Taguig.

Acosta said the legal basis for Marcos’ burial at LNMB can be found in Republic Act (RA) No. 289.

“Noong kasi naguguluhan ako. Legally puwede siyang ilibing. Kung titingnan ang language of the law, pati past presidents puwede ilibing diyan,” she said in a news conference in Quezon City.

“Yung sinasabi ni President [Rodrigo] Duterte na ‘I’m just following the law,’ totoo pala,” Acosta added.

However, the Martial Law victims who filed a petition against Marcos’ burial at LNMB also cited RA 289 as the basis for their plea.

Led by former Bayan Muna Representatives Satur Ocampo and Neri Colmenares, the Martial Law victims said RA 289 only allows the burial of a president or soldier worthy of public inspiration and emulation.

They also said the planned burial of Marcos at LNMB contradicts:

public policy under the law (Republic Act 10638) that recognizes the massive human rights violations under the Marcos regime, and
the 1993 deal between the Philippine government and the Marcos family that the former president’s remains should be buried in Ilocos Norte.

Marcos was ousted by a popular uprising — the 1986 People Power Revolution — after he was accused of committing widespread human rights violations and amassing ill-gotten wealth.

He died while on exile in Hawaii in 1989. His remains were brought to the Philippines in 1993 and were kept in the Marcos Mausoleum in Ilocos Norte. (MNS)

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