Philip­pines dic­ta­tor buried at he­roes ceme­tery amid protests

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

Long-dead for­mer Philip­pines dic­ta­tor Fer­di­nand Mar­cos was buried Fri­day at the coun­try’s He­roes’ Ceme­tery in a se­crecy-shrouded cer­e­mony, a move ap­proved by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte that in­fu­ri­ated sup­port­ers of the “peo­ple power” re­volt that ousted Mar­cos three decades ago.

Mar­cos’s daugh­ter, Imee, ex­pressed re­lief af­ter her fa­ther’s in­ter­ment at the heav­ily guarded ceme­tery in met­ro­pol­i­tan Manila, which she said ful­filled his last wish. En­raged pro-democ­racy ac­tivists, how­ever, stressed the decades-long de­bate over the ex-pres­i­dent’s fi­nal rest­ing place was far from over and protested across the me­trop­o­lis.

Boni­fa­cio Ila­gan, a left-wing ac­tivist who was de­tained and tor­tured dur­ing Mar­cos’s rule, said the dic­ta­tor was buried “like a thief in the night” in a stealthy fash­ion sim­i­lar to when he sud­denly placed the coun­try un­der mar­tial rule.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.