SC affirms ruling allowing Marcos burial in Heroes' Cemetery

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 8) — Voting 10-5, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled with finality junking petitions against the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).

Those who approved the ruling were Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco, Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Samuel Martires, Jose Mendoza, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Noel Tijam, and Bienvenido Reyes.

The five who dissented were Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, and Associate Justices Marvic Leonen, Francis Jardeleza, and Alfredo Caguioa.

The Supreme Court first dismissed the petitions on November 8, 2016, after over two months of hearing oral arguments, finally allowing Marcos' burial at the Libingan by a vote of 9-5, with the same five justices opposing the ruling.

Marcos' remains were buried at the LNMB on November 18 — 27 years after his death — after being transported from the Marcos Museum and Mausoleum in Batac, his hometown in Ilocos Norte.

President Rodrigo Duterte on August 7, 2016 ordered Marcos' burial at the Heroes' Cemetery, prompting the Philippine Army to start its preparations amid pending petitions of martial law victims at the Supreme Court.

On August 23, the High Court issued a stay order to stop the preparations.

One of the junked petitions was filed by the National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL), as they disagreed with the procedural questions and the substantive issues.

NUPL president Atty. Edre Olalia said the Supreme Court ruling is "unfortunate and utterly disappointing."

"What do we tell our children and generations to come who to emulate? It does not inspire & even virtually canonizes a fascist dictator thief. But the evil that men do is remembered after their deaths. They must be exorcised in time," Olalia said.

Olalia is also the legal counsel of some of the petitioners.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said they "acknowledge the decision of the Supreme Court as the final arbiter of all legal questions."

"We hope the matter on the Ferdinand Marcos - Libingan ng Mga Bayani will finally be laid to rest, and that the country will move forward as one united nation working for a comfortable life for all, law and order, and lasting peace," Abella added.

CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario and Ver Marcelo contributed to this report.