Mar­cos to be buried a ‘hero’

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Lawyers for the Philip­pine gov­ern­ment and heirs of Fer­di­nand Mar­cos say the late dic­ta­tor is qual­i­fied to be buried at a he­roes’s ceme­tery as a for­mer pres­i­dent and war vet­eran de­spite op­po­si­tion from his regime’s vic­tims. So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral Jose Cal­ida de­fended Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s di­rec­tive to al­low Mar­cos’ burial at the mil­i­taryrun He­roes’ Ceme­tery at the re­sump­tion yes­ter­day of Supreme Court hear­ings on the vic­tims’ pe­ti­tions against the burial. Cal­ida said the ceme­tery is not a na­tional pan­theon, and that its name is a mis­nomer be­cause there is no stan­dard or body defin­ing what a hero is, and bury­ing Mar­cos there will not con­fer him the ti­tle of a hero. Mar­cos was ousted in a 1986 “peo­ple power” re­volt and died in ex­ile in Hawaii in 1989.

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