Marcos to be buried a ‘hero’
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.
PROTEST: A rally over the issue