Ex­hume Mar­cos re­mains, court asked

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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

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