SC asks gov't, Marcos heirs to comment on Marcos burial appeals

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The fight of anti-Marcos groups is not yet over — at least at the Supreme Court.

In its en banc session Tuesday, the court asked the respondents to comment on the appeals filed by the petitioners on the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Read: Marcos buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani

The respondents include Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ricardo Visaya, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief of Staff Read Admiral Ernesto Enriquez, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office Administrator Lieutenant General (retired) Ernesto Carolina and heirs of Marcos represented by his widow, Imelda Romualdez Marcos.

Petitioners Saturnino Ocampo and Edcel Lagman filed the two motions for reconsideration seeking to reverse the high court's ruling favoring the burial.

In their appeal, they pointed out the issues raised in the petition were not rendered moot by the burial of the "supposed remains" of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

They argued that the November 8 decision of the high court sparked protest actions all over the country showing that the issue of his burial is a divisive issue. It has national significance and is of transcendental importance, they added.

Read: IN PHOTOS: Rallies for and against the Marcos burial

The snowballing protests and indignation, they explained, cannot be ignored by the court as manifestations of the counter-effect to a supposed "national healing and forgiveness."

The respondents have 10 days to comment on the appeals.

The court also directed that the petition for contempt filed by Ocampo be renumbered and consolidated with the present cases.

It gave the respondents 10 days to comment on the contempt petition.

Ocampo asked the Court to hold the AFP officials and the Marcos family in contempt for the sudden burial of the former dictator.

They argued the decision is not yet final and executory.

More than a week after the Supreme Court gave the green light — the Marcoses went ahead with the internment.