The body of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos with military honors was buried at the cemetery of national heroes
In the Philippines the body of the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who died in the United States in 1989 on Friday, November 18, buried at the Cemetery of national heroes in the country’s capital Manila, despite protests against this burial, reports BBC.
The ceremony, according to the chief of police Oscar Albayalde responsible for security of the event was “very easy” and “family”. He stressed that it was not a state funeral, although it was rendered military honors, including a salute took place.
A dictator overthrown in 1986 and died in Hawaii, his body was brought home in 1993 and put on display in a mausoleum in his hometown batac Ilocos Norte. Since then, for 25 years, discussed the burial of the remains.
The funeral was planned and held in secret due to the fact that a significant portion of the population considers the 20-year rule of Marcos and his wife Imelda, who as a symbol of the abuses of power. He is accused of torture, abductions and killings of his opponents, and theft, and withdrawal from the country of billions of dollars.
President Rodrigo Duterte supported by the family of Marcos during the election campaign, agreed to a funeral in August, calling the former dictator “Filipino soldier”. The Philippine Supreme court has approved the move of the body in November. November 11 in Manila held a protest against his burial in the Cemetery of heroes.
Despite this, the armed forces were instructed to continue preparations for the ceremony, reported The Philippine Star citing the official representative of the armed forces Brigadier General Restituto Padilla. General claims that the funeral was not publicized, out of respect for the family. “It was part of their requests to hold them privately and confidentially,” he added. According to him, the body was taken on a military plane, but the cost paid by the family.
As noted in comments to AP human rights activist Bonifacio Ilagan, who suffered repression under Marcos, the former dictator was buried by stealth. The claim was repeated by Vice-President Leni Robredo, which belongs to the opponents of Marcos, although Rodrigo supports Duterte. “Marcos is not a hero,” she said in her Twitter.
Marcos was overthrown in 1986, in the so-called Yellow revolution, when the streets were more than a million people. Later, the family returned to the Philippines and participated in political life, describing the rule of Marcos as a period of stability, security, order and prosperity construction. His son, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., in may, was close to becoming Vice President, and admitted in an interview with the BBCthat the reputation of his father did not interfere, and helped him in the campaign.