Not done yet: Marcos burial opponents vow exhumation of body from Libingan

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  • Anti-Marcos burial protesters promised to exhume body of late strongman from LNMB
  • Autopsy mulled on body to determine if it’s real or a wax replica
  • They also vowed to run after gov’t officials, Marcoses for flouting SC rules of procedure

MANILA, Philippines – Anti-Marcos burial protesters led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman vowed to have the remains of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos exhumed from the Libingan ng mga Bayani even as they blasted the hurried nature of the burial.

Lagman, whose activist brother Hermon disappeared during Martial Law, said the exhumation would also be an opportunity to determine whether it was really Marcos’s remains that was buried at the Libingan.

“In view of the premature Marcos burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB), the petitioners in the Supreme Court are contemplating to file a motion to order the exhumation of what remains of Marcos which was precipitately and stealthily interred in the LNMB,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying. “If the ‘remains’ of the dictator are exhumed, then it is opportune that a forensic examination be conducted to determine whether what was buried were his mortal remains or a mere wax replica.”

Lagman also disputed Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te’s earlier statement that the burial could proceed because there was no pending motion to stop it; saying the high tribunal’s ruling favoring the Marcoses cannot be implemented during the 15-day period to file a motion for reconsideration.

“Even if the status quo ante order had been lifted and no new order has been issued by the Supreme Court barring a precipitate burial, the Supreme Court decision cannot be implemented during the prescriptive period of 15 days from the petitioners’ receipt of the decision on 11 November 2016,” he said. “However, if within said period a motion for reconsideration is interposed, the finality accrues only after another 15 days from the denial of the motion for reconsideration.”

Lagman then vowed to have the Marcoses and government officials cited in contempt for flouting court rules.

“We will file a motion to exhume and motion to cite the Marcoses in contempt. This is the same deceptive, devious, underhanded, abusive tactic that they did during Martial Law,” he said.