Marcos can be buried at a heroes’ cemetery
The Philippine Supreme Court has ruled that former dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be buried at a heroes’ cemetery in a ruling opponents say rolled back the country’s democratic triumph when Filipinos ousted the strongman in a “people power” revolt three decades ago. Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te said the 15-member court voted 9-5 with one abstention yesterday to dismiss petitions opposing President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of Marcos’s burial at the cemetery, where expresidents, soldiers and national artists have been laid to rest. Hundreds of pro-Marcos supporters celebrated. Anti-Marcos activists vowed to ask the court to reconsider. Burying a dictator accused of massive rights violations and corruption at the heroes’ cemetery has long been an emotional and divisive issue in the Philippines, where Marcos was ousted in a non-violent 1986 uprising.
MARCH: Ferdinand Marcos supporters