Anti-Marcos group to file motion to find Marcos family, police, and military in contempt of SC ruling

Here is the next move of a group opposed to the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

[Source: Carol P Araullo.]

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Re Marcos burial case:
For the record:

1. Nov 8: Decision announcing 9-5-1 vote dismissing petitions to stop Marcos burial & lifting status quo ante order earlier extended twice. No copy of Decision received, only a media briefer from SC PIO & summary of opinions. There is no indication that the Decision is immediately executory.

2. Nov 11: Petitioners filed "EXTREMELY URGENT Motion to Hold in Abeyance (execution of the decision) and/or Issuance of new Status Quo Ante" pending receipt of Decision, Filing of Motion for Reconsideration, and Final Resolution. Same was copy furnished respondents Marcos family and AFP.

3. Nov. 13: We learned that an official copy of the Decision was received on Nov. 11, giving us the mandatory 15 days to file a Motion for Reconsideration (or until Nov 26), which we were already working on.

4. No official action or information was ever received on No. 2 above despite our repeated queries.

5. Nov 18, 1030 am: We received media reports on the impending Marcos burial at 12 noon, without notice to SC nor the petitioners

6. We intend to file a motion to cite in contempt/show cause against the Marcos family, the military, and the police on Monday, Nov. 21 for their bad faith and premature execution of a Decision that has yet to become final and executory.

7. We will still file a motion for reconsideration as planned notwithstanding.

Edre U. Olalia
President: National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL)
Co-counsel for petitioners Ocampo, Colmenares, et. al.


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