Court order sought to ex­hume Mar­cos’ body af­ter hero’s burial

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

He was fi­nally laid to rest Novem­ber 18 in a se­cre­tive cer­e­mony at the “Ceme­tery of He­roes” with mil­i­tary hon­ours al­most three decades af­ter his death, an­ger­ing crit­ics who ac­cuse Mar­cos of mas­sive cor­rup­tion and hu­man rights abuses.

Rel­a­tives of vic­tims of his rule asked the Supreme Court to dig up his re­mains, claim­ing they had not been given 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 anti-Mar­cos 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 the north­ern Philip­pines to the ceme­tery in Manila on Novem­ber 18 and in­ter­ring him.

But Mr Lag­man, an op­po­si­tion mem­ber of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, filed a “mo­tion for ex­huma­tion” yes­ter­day, ar­gu­ing the court rul­ing was not fi­nal be­cause op­po­nents had not been given 15 days to ap­peal.

Op­po­nents an­nounced a ma­jor street protest on Novem­ber 25.

Mil­lions took to the streets in 1986 in a fa­mous “Peo­ple Power” revo­lu­tion to oust the then dic­ta­tor.

Mar­cos died in ex­ile in Hawaii three years later, and his body was put on pub­lic dis­play in his home town be­cause pre­vi­ous pres­i­dents had re­fused to al­low him to be buried at the he­roes’ ceme­tery. –

Photo: AFP

A staff mem­ber of Con­gress­man Ed­cel Lag­man shows a copy of the “mo­tion for ex­huma­tion” re­lat­ing to the burial of for­mer Philip­pine dic­ta­tor Fer­di­nand Mar­cos filed at the Supreme Court in Manila yes­ter­day.

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