Philippine Court Asked to Block Hero's Burial for Marcos

August 15, 2016 8:35 AM

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Victims of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos' regime have petitioned the Supreme Court to nullify a government directive to have the ex-leader buried in a heroes' cemetery — an emotional and divisive issue for Filipinos who ousted Marcos in a 1986 "people power" revolt.

The respondents asked the court Monday to stop officials and the Marcos family from giving "the tyrant" and "plunderer par excellence" a hero's burial, saying that would flout principles enshrined in the constitution.

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