Court says dic­ta­tor Mar­cos can be buried at he­roes’ ceme­tery

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

The Philip­pines’ Supreme Court ruled Tues­day that the late dic­ta­tor Fer­di­nand Mar­cos can be buried at a he­roes’ ceme­tery, a de­ci­sion that op­po­nents said rolled back the demo­cratic tri­umph of the “peo­ple power” re­volt that ousted the strong­man three decades ago.

“While he was not all good,” the 15-mem­ber court said in pass­ing judg­ment on one of Asia’s most in­fa­mous strong­men, “he was not pure evil ei­ther.”

Court spokesman Theodore Te said the jus­tices voted 9-5 with one ab­sten­tion to dis­miss pe­ti­tions op­pos­ing Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s ap­proval of the Mar­cos fam­ily’s plea for the dic­ta­tor to be buried at the He­roes’ Ceme­tery in metropoli­tan Manila, where for­mer pres­i­dents, sol­diers and na­tional artists have been in­terred.

The de­ci­sion on a deeply emo­tional is­sue that has di­vided the poor South­east Asian na­tion can be ap­pealed.

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