Mar­cos burial sus­pen­sion ex­tended

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

MANILA: The Philip­pine Supreme Court yes­ter­day ex­tended an or­der sus­pend­ing prepa­ra­tions for the controversial burial of late dic­ta­tor Fer­di­nand Mar­cos in the coun­try’s He­roes’ Ceme­tery.

The court first is­sued the or­der on Aug 23 and ex­tended it on Sept 7 as it de­lib­er­ated pe­ti­tions op­pos­ing the planned burial.

Court spokesman Theodore Te said the sta­tus quo ante or­der had been ex­tended until Nov 8, but the high tri­bunal gave no rea­son for the ex­ten­sion or in­di­ca­tion if it would rule on the pe­ti­tions by then.

Vic­tims of hu­man rights abuses dur­ing Mar­cos’ rule had asked the Supreme Court to stop the event, ar­gu­ing that the dic­ta­tor was not en­ti­tled to a hero’s burial be­cause of al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion, hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions and other abuses.

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte gave the goa­head for the burial to ful­fil a cam­paign prom­ise and in a bid to bring clo­sure to an is­sue that has di­vided the coun­try for decades.

Mar­cos was pres­i­dent of the Philip­pines from 1966 to 1986, when he was ousted in a re­volt and forced to flee into ex­ile to Hawaii, where he died in 1989.

His body was re­turned to the Philip­pines in 1993 and has since been kept in a re­frig­er­ated crypt in a mau­soleum in his home­town of Batac, 470km north of Manila.

Past pres­i­dents have re­fused to have his body buried at the He­roes’ Ceme­tery due to the al­le­ga­tions against him. – dpa

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