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Lagman says Duterte should be held in contempt over Marcos burial, but…

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Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman hinted that President Rodrigo Duterte ought to be cited for contempt over the “hidden burial” of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).

However, Lagman says that he recognizes Duterte’s immunity from suit as the President of the Republic, and thus won’t include him in such legal action.

“Sang-ayon ako dyan na hindi ako naniniwala na hindi alam ng presidente yong balak na ilibing yong kung anumang labi ni marcos ang nilibing don sapagkat unang una, nong nagsalita si Idee marcos, sabi niya, maraming salamat mr. President di ba? Eh kung maraming salamat mr. President ang ibig sabihin nyan, sinabi nila yong balak nila,” Lagman said in a radio interview Sunday, November 20.

“Pero hindi namin sinasama yong pangulo sapagkat, unang una, meron tayong principle in the constitution and in law that the president is immune from suit,” the Bicolano lawmaker said of Duterte.

Marcos was clandestinely buried at the LNMB last Friday, November 18, some 10 days after the Supreme Court (SC) green-lit his burial there in an en banc decision.

Lagman pointed out that the court has yet to resolve the motions for reconsideration regarding the decision, meaning the respondents can be cited for contempt.

He gave a run down of the people that would be the subject of his motion for contempt.

“Yong mga public respondents don sa petition namin kapares ng executive secretary, secretary of national defense, chief of staff, vice chief of staff at yong nagma-manage ng libingan ng mga bayani kasama na yong pamilyang marcos at yong iba nilang conspirators.”