Nobody appealed to the Supreme Court to stop it, so the burial of ex-dictator Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani proceeded on Friday, although on the sly.
According to the report published by inquirer.net, Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te said there was no prohibition to the burial because the 9-5 decision of the court on Nov. 8 upholding Mr. Duterte’s decision also lifted the status quo ante order issued by the tribunal in September.
Te said the Supreme Court was “in between sessions” and only Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno could have issued a temporary restraining order to stop the burial “if there is a request and a written recommendation” from the writer of the decision, Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta.
The majority ruled that Mr. Duterte did not commit grave abuse of discretion when he allowed the burial of Marcos at Libingan because the former dictator was qualified to lie among dead soldiers and Presidents like him.
Te said the petitioners opposing the burial had not filed a motion for reconsideration (MR), claiming they had not yet received a copy of the decision.