MANILA, Philippines — Embattled senator Leila de Lima recently filed a motion for reconsideration before the Supreme Court questioning their decision to allow former President Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.
In a statement on Wednesday, De Lima said the high tribunal “grossly erred” in its verdict to junk the consolidated petitions against the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to finally lay rest Marcos body at the heroes cemetery.
“What is being attempted with the Marcos burial is not the vindication of Marcos alone but the exoneration of each and every plunderer, thief, murderer, human rights violator, and torturer in government since the death of Marcos,” the senator said.
“Burying Marcos at the Libingan is not moving on and uniting the nation. It is moving on, but only for crooks, trapos, cheats, and all other villains in public office, because the burial will justify every immoral and unlawful act that these public officials have done,” she added.
The senator asked the high court to reconsider its decision in view of its long line of rulings that held the former dictator and his family accountable for the accumulation of ill-gotten wealth.
In her 10-page motion, the former Justice Secretary explained that the guidelines of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), contained in AFP Regulations 161-375, used by the high court on the Marcos burial case are “incomplete, whimsical, and capricious.”
“In its Decision, the Honorable Court has chosen to turn its back on this historic mandate vested upon it by the post-dictatorship EDSA 1987 Constitution…with singular task of ensuring that such dictatorship and thievery is never honored again and does not make a comeback in this country,” De Lima said.
The former Human Rights chair also hit the Duterte administration for cleansing itself of its own record of human rights violations by imposing what she called “moral relativism” and “historical revisionism.”
“This is how a nation falls into the trap of forgetting its past and losing its soul to the perpetuation of lies,” she said.
De Lima described the protests all over the country against the surprise Marcos burial at the heroes’ cemetery as “nation’s soul” after the SC failed to fulfill its mandate of protecting and defending the Constitution.
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