SC asked to order exhumation, forensic exam of Marcos remains
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on Monday asked the Supreme Court to order the exhumation and forensic examination of “whatever was interred as [Ferdinand] Marcos mortal remains” at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).
In his motion for reconsideration, Lagman called the Marcos burial a “gross distortion, a malevolent revision and a wanton derogation of Philippine history.”
Lagman said it contrary to President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that the burial would unite the divided country and helped in moving on.
“The burial of a condemned dictator, confirmed plunderer and censured violator of human rights in the Cemetery of Heroes will not lead to closure because it sanctifies evil and installs a despot and oppressor in the venerable memorial for good men,” Lagman said.
“It would not be closure when the interment of Marcos in the LNMB would exacerbate gross injustice and perpetuate wanton impunity against the victims of martial law—the entire Filipino people including those born after that dark age of Philippine history,” Lagman added.
In his motion for reconsideration, he also argued that the sole basis for allowing the Marcos burial at the LNMB which is the AFP Regulations G 161-375 is unenforceable for the absence of registration with the Office of the National Administrative Registrar (ONAR) of the University of the Philippine Law Center as required by the Administrative Code of 1987.
Aside from Lagman, former Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Satur Ocampo and several other human rights victims during the Marcos regime also filed a motion for reconsideration before the SC. RAM/rga
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