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