Exhume Marcos remains, court asked
MANILA: Campaigners launched legal action yesterday to exhume the body of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, just three days after his burial in a national heroes’ cemetery triggered street protests.
Relatives of victims of his rule asked the Supreme Court yesterday to dig up his remains, claiming they had not been given enough time to appeal a ruling allowing his burial in the cemetery.
“How can a plunderer and despot and violator of human rights be given that honour of being buried in the memorial of good men?” said Congressman Edcel Lagman, brother of an abducted antiMarcos dissident who was never seen again.
Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court endorsed a decision by President Rodrigo Duterte to bury the dictator at the heroes’ cemetery.
The Marcos family and government moved quickly after the verdict, secretly flying the embalmed body from their home town in the northern Philippines to the cemetery in Manila on Friday and interring him.
But Lagman, an opposition member of the House of Representatives, filed a “motion for exhumation” arguing the court ruling was not final because opponents had not been given 15 days to appeal.
“If you exhume that body, you disinter Marcos, then the motions for reconsideration” can be heard by the court, Lagman told ABS-CBN television.
Opponents also announced a major street protest for Friday. – AFP