18 November 2016
The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) strongly condemns the recent actions of the Philippine government in relation to the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
We condemn the decision of the Supreme Court, through the nine concurring justices, to allow the burial of Marcos. This burial is in direct contradiction to the demand of the victims of martial law to bury Marcos in Batac, one of the conditions that the Marcos family agreed to in exchange for their return to the country. We assert that justice must be, first and foremost, defined by the victims themselves. By disregarding the demand of the victims, the Supreme Court has become complicit to yet another act of injustice.