A Philippine court on Monday rejected a petition by deposed ruler Ferdinand Marcos to return home and answer corruption charges, saying the decision was up to President Corazon Aquino.

Justice Romeo Escareal issued the ruling a month before the court begins a pre-trial hearing on allegations that Marcos received milllions of dollars in kickbacks from Japanese companies during his 20-year rule.Aquino has barred Marcos's return from exile in Hawaii, calling him a threat to national security.

Escareal said Marcos's return was a political question beyond the reach of his court and one only Aquino could resolve.

He suggested Marcos could challenge the ban by elevating his case to the Supreme Court.

The 71-year-old Marcos had asked Escareal to order the government to issue travel documents so he could defend himself personally in the Nov. 7-9 hearings.