A network of civil society organizations which advocate for the eradication of torture and ill treatment in the Philippines has likened the sudden manner of the burial of the late deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LnmB) today as a “thief in the night.”
Nov. 8, 2016 – Balay expressed its disappointed on the decision of the Supreme Court earlier today allowing the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LnmB). The Supreme Court’s decision favored the burial of Marcos gaining 9 votes over 5.
History and Status:
The NPM Bill proposed by the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC) and supported by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) was approved by the Committee on Human Rights in the House of Representatives but did not reach the plenary before the 16th Congress ended on June 30, 2016. The Senate version of the bill was discussed at the Committee of Justice and Human Rights twice at the instigation of the UATC.
- 1. National context
- The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines prohibits the use of the death penalty by stating ‘the death penalty shall not be imposed unless for compelling reasons involving heinous crimes, the Congress hereafter provides for it. Any death penalty already imposed shall be reduced to reclusion perpetua’.