Hundreds protest hero burial for Philippine dictator Marcos

Philippine leader pushes on with Marcos'hero burial

Philippine leader pushes on with Marcos'hero burial

When asked about his opinion on Marcos burial at the heroes' cemetery, Maya said the former dictator deserved to be treated as a hero and should be buried at the heroes' cemetery because he contributed a lot for the betterment of our country.

At least 1,500 people have protested in the Philippines against plans to move the body of disgraced former President Ferdinand Marcos to the National Heroes' Cemetery in Manila.

The demonstrators carried placards and banners reading "Marcos: Not a Hero!" and "No hero's burial for a criminal!" as they gathered at Rizal Park in Manila despite the heavy rains.

The youth group Anakbayan called the impending burial a "travesty of justice and distortion of history", as they said the Marcos dictatorship has yet to pay for the thousands of youth activists, "the cream of the crop" who were killed for fighting martial law.

"Is that not enough evidence?".

Protesters chanted "Marcos is not a hero" and one of the speakers, former senator Bobby Tanada, called the plan to honor Marcos a "shame on the nation".

Sen. Risa Hontiveros, who joined the protest, says she has filed a Senate resolution opposing a hero's burial for Marcos, who was overthrown in 1986 and died in US exile three years later.

He said that to confer national honours to Marcos is "a defilement of the people's historic struggle gainst the tyranny of martial law". "To honor the man a hero and bury his remains in a place reserved for the courageous and martyred is an inimitable political abomination".

Fidel Ramos' remarks appeared to contradict the controversial decision of firebrand leader Rodrigo Duterte to allow Marcos, who has been accused of massive corruption and human rights abuses, to be buried in the Heroes Cemetery despite a widespread outcry.

Marcos was forced from power in 1986 by a popular uprising that forced him into exile in Hawaii, where he died three years later. His wife, Imelda, and two of three children gradually regained political influence after being elected to public office.

According to CNN, Walden Bello, former member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, compared the plan to bury Marcos at the cemetery to "burying Al Capone in Arlington National Cemetery", adding the qualifier that "Marcos was worse".

But Mr Duterte, who has styled himself as an anti-corruption crusader, defended Mr Marcos, noting that his father had served in the Marcos Cabinet and he himself had voted for Mr Marcos.

A left-wing group is also reportedly planning to ask the Supreme Court to stop the burial, which has been branded as a "grave injustice" to thousands of human rights victims.

The Marcos family has kept the former president unburied until its long-standing request that he be laid to rest in the Heroes' Cemetery is granted.

During this year's elections, martial law victims formed the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses in Malacañang (Carmma) to thwart the vice presidential bid of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Deputy Speakers Mercedes Alvarez (Negros Occidental) and Fredenil Castro (Capiz) stressed that the law is clearly on the side of the Marcos family because the late strongman was a soldier and a president.

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