Pe­ti­tion filed in Philip­pines af­ter dic­ta­tor’s ‘hero’ burial

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Vic­tims of hu­man rights abuse who suf­fered dur­ing the rule of Philip­pine dic­ta­tor Fer­di­nand Mar­cos have filed pe­ti­tions ask­ing the Supreme Court to order the ex­huma­tion of his re­mains that were buried last week at the coun­try’s He­roes’ Ceme­tery.

They also want the court to hold of­fi­cials and his heirs in con­tempt for car­ry­ing out the burial be­fore the court heard fi­nal ap­peals against it.

For­mer Pres­i­dent Fidel Ramos, who played a key role in the peace­ful army-backed re­volt that ousted Mar­cos in 1986, called the for­mer leader’s burial at the mil­i­tary-run ceme­tery “an in­sult” to the sac­ri­fices of sol­diers and veter­ans.

Left-wing for­mer law­maker Saturnino Ocampo and other ac­tivists urged the court to hold Mar­cos’ widow Imelda, their three chil­dren, De­fence Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana and two mil­i­tary of­fi­cials in con­tempt for “the hasty, shady and tricky” burial on Fri­day of the long-dead pres­i­dent at the He­roes’ Ceme­tery.

The pe­ti­tion said they should be fined and de­tained for mock­ing the le­gal process that gave pe­ti­tion­ers 15 days to ap­peal the court’s Novem­ber 8 rul­ing al­low­ing the burial.

Op­po­si­tion leader Ed­cel Lag­man, who rep­re­sents an­other group of pe­ti­tion­ers, sought a court order to have the re­mains ex­humed “be­cause the hasty and sur­rep­ti­tious in­ter­ment was pre­ma­ture, void and ir­reg­u­lar”.

He asked that the re­mains be ex­am­ined to de­ter­mine if they are not a wax replica.

The se­crecy-shrouded burial at the ceme­tery re­served for pres­i­dents, sol­diers and na­tional artists shocked vic­tims, prompt­ing street protests

Mar­cos’ rule was marked by mas­sive rights vi­o­la­tions and plun­der. Af­ter be­ing ousted in 1986, he flew to Hawaii, where he lived un­til he died in 1989.

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