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SC junks petition disputing the court's and Duterte's prerogative to decide on Marcos burial

The Supreme Court, in Manila. INTERAKSYON.COM FILE
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MANILA - The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition questioning its jurisdiction as well the President's to decide the issue of the Marcos burial. 

The high court reached the decision in an en banc session Tuesday. The SC's public information office gave no further details.

In a statement, SC spokesman Atty. Ted Te said the high tribunal junked the petition filed Nov. 22 by Atty. Conrado Manicad.

The SC had already decided on the Marcos burial issue on Nov. 8, ruling that President Duterte did not abuse his discretion when he ordered the defense department to make preparations for the transfer of the remains of the late dictator from a crypt in his hometown in Ilocos Norte to the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The 9-5-1 vote subsequently led to Marcos' burial, amid hasty, secret preparations, triggering massive protests.

As of now, the motions for reconsideration by the petitioners - including martial law victims - are pending with the high court, and will not be affected by the decision in the Manicad case.