(SPOT.ph) With less than a month before the scheduled burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on September 18, the Supreme Court announced on Tuesday, August 23 a 20-day status quo ante order. This is great news for Martial Law victims and Filipinos who protested against President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to give the late dictator military honors.
“The status quo ante brings us back to the prevailing situation before the certain event. The event we are talking about is the order issued by Department of National Defense. So, we count including the day and the last day,” explained Supreme Court Public Information Office chief Theodore Te in a televised press briefing. It was on August 7 that Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana issued a memorandum to Armed Forces chief General Ricardo Visaya informing him that he may begin planning for Marcos’ burial. Oral arguments on the six petitions submitted before the high court has also been moved to August 31, from the original schedule of August 24. These bids include those filed by Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, former Commission on Human Rights chair Etta Rosales, and former Sen. Heherson Alvarez.
On August 14, thousands convened in front of the Lapu-Lapu Monument in Luneta Park for the Citizens’ Assembly Against the Marcos Burial in Libingan ng mga Bayani.