SC consolidates 3 petitions vs Marcos' hero's burial

THE Supreme Court (SC) has consolidated on Friday the three petitions seeking to halt the planned transfer of the remains of late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in September.

In a three-page resolution dated August 19, the SC consolidated the following petitions filed by three different groups:

1) First petition filed by former congressmen Neri Colmenares and Satur Ocampo, along with members of Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) and Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to MalacaƱang (CARMMA)

2) Second petition filed by Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) together with Albay Representative Edcel Lagman and other members of minority bloc

3) Third petition filed by former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Loretta Rosales and other martial law victims

The first two petitions were filed last Monday while the third was filed only on Friday morning.

In effect, the directive of the SC on the first petition last Tuesday will also apply to the other two parties who filed the same petition before the Court.

The two other set of petitioners will also join the conduct of oral arguments on August 24, Wednesday.

Prior to the oral arguments, the petitioners and the respondents in the case were ordered to appear in the preliminary conference on August 22.

The high tribunal also directed adverse parties to comment on the petition for certiorari and prohibition with application for Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) not later than Monday, 10 am.

Respondents in the case are Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief of Staff for reservist and retiree affairs Rear Admiral Ernesto Enriquez, AFP Chief General Ricardo Visaya, Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, and the spouse of the late Marcos, Imelda Marcos. (Sunnex)
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