Mar­cos can be buried at a heroes’ ceme­tery

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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.

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