FOUR University of the Philippines (UP) students have filed a petition before the Supreme Court on Monday seeking to declare the order of hero's burial for late President Ferdinand Marcos "unconstitutional."
This was the fifth petition filed before the high court in a bid to stop the planned burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).
In a petition for certiorari and prohibition, petitioners Zaira Baniaga, John Arvin Buenaagua, Joanne Lim, and Juan Antonio Magalang asked the high court to declare the Memorandum issued by the Secretary of the Department National Defense last August 7 and the interment of the deposed dictator at the LNMB as ultra vires for being without legal basis and unconstitutional.
The students claim that Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana may have abused his authority in issuing the said order.
Respondents in the case are Lorenzana, AFP Chief General Ricardo Visaya, and administrator of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office Ernesto Carolina.
On Friday, the SC has consolidated three petitions seeking to halt Marcos' burial on September 18.
The three groups of petitioners will join the conduct of oral arguments over Marcos' burial on Wednesday, August 24.
The SC meanwhile has not issued a resolution yet consolidating the fourth and fifth petitions filed on Monday.
Aside from the UP students, former senator Alvarez and Director Joel Lamangan also filed a petition with the SC on Monday morning. (Sunnex)