Former President Ferdinand Marcos will not be laid to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani for the next 20 days after the Supreme Court on Tuesday (August 23) issued a status quo ante order in response to petitions filed by various groups to stop the transfer of the late strongman’s remains.
Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te said the order directs all the parties to observe the status quo before Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana issued a memorandum last August 7 with the instructions for Marcos’ interment at the heroes’ cemetery in Taguig.
The Supreme Court has reset the oral arguments on the case from August 24 to August 31.
Various groups have run to the the Supreme Court to block Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, which has been approved by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The petitioners have argued that burying the late dictator at the heroes’ cemetery is unconstitutional and goes against public policy due to the atrocities committed during Martial Law, which he imposed, and his questionable track record as a soldier during World War 2.
In response, the national government, through the Office of the Solicitor General, argued that transferring Marcos’ remains to the hero’s cemetery will not make him a “hero”
“On the contrary, the interment of his remains at the Libingan was due to the fact that the late Ferdinand Marcos was a former President of the Republic, statesman and soldier, whose remains may be and are to be interred at the Libingan,” it said in its comment submitted to the Supreme Court.