August 13, 2016
QUEZON CITY – Martial Law victims led by the Samahan ng Mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) announced plans to file legal remedies at the Supreme Court next week to stop the planned hero’s burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
The victims, through their lawyers from National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), will file a petition for certiorari which aims to secure the issuance of a temporary restraining order and/or writ of preliminary injunction from the High Court to implement the plans of the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to confer national honors to Marcos through the burial at LNMB.
“If such misdeed happens, it will be a grave injustice to the thousands of victims of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, illegal arrests and detention, torture and harassment perpetrated by the Marcos fascist regime,” said Trinidad Herrera, SELDA Spokesperson and one of the 9,539 members of the class suit against Marcos that was filed and won in Hawaii.
“Marcos is no hero. He was a mass murderer, torturer and a plunderer. To confer national honors to Marcos is a defilement of the people’s historic struggle against the tyranny of martial law,” Herrera emphasized.
SELDA is also set to join the activities of Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang (CARMMA), including the protest motorcade to the LNMB next week.
“We reiterate our call to Pres. Duterte to reconsider his decision to give such honors to a dictator, and instead hasten the process of indemnification of the victims and relatives. Even in the sunset years of our lives, we will continue to fight for justice for all victims of Martial Law and state fascism,” said Herrera.