Ferdinand Marcos silently buried at Heroes Cemetery

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marcos-heroes-cemeteryFormer Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried with military honors in a secretive ceremony at the Heroes Cemetery in Taguig in Metro Manila on November 18 amid small protests by human rights groups and politicians.

The ceremony began at noon with a 21-gun salute as soldiers in parade dress and ceremonial rifles stood to attention after Marcos’ body was secretly flown to the venue by helicopter in an apparent effort to avoid protests.

Police were only informed one day ahead of the burial and said that the ceremony was “not an official state funeral.” The media was banned from the ceremony.

Marcos’ wife Imelda Marcos and his children were in attendance, as well as the late president’s only living sibling at the time, Fortuna Marcos-Barba.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is currently attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Peru, had given orders in August that the interment could go ahead, fulfilling an election campaign promise. But it only took place after a Supreme Court ruling last week that dismissed objections from human rights groups.

Marcos was president of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986 when he was overthrown by a revolt and forced to flee into exile to Hawaii, where he died in 1989. His body was returned to the Philippines in 1993 and has since been kept in a refrigerated crypt in a mausoleum in his hometown of Batac, Ilocos Norte, 470 kilometers north of Manila.

During Marcos`reign, his family and cronies amassed an estimated $10 billion in ill-gotten wealth, a commission found. Tens of thousands of suspected communist rebels and political foes were killed under martial law.

In 2004, anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International named Marcos the second most corrupt leader of all time, behind Indonesian authoritarian ruler Suharto.

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Former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried with military honors in a secretive ceremony at the Heroes Cemetery in Taguig in Metro Manila on November 18 amid small protests by human rights groups and politicians. The ceremony began at noon with a 21-gun salute as soldiers in parade dress and ceremonial rifles stood to attention after Marcos' body was secretly flown to the venue by helicopter in an apparent effort to avoid protests. Police were only informed one day ahead of the burial and said that the ceremony was "not an official state funeral." The media was banned from the...

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marcos-heroes-cemeteryFormer Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried with military honors in a secretive ceremony at the Heroes Cemetery in Taguig in Metro Manila on November 18 amid small protests by human rights groups and politicians.

The ceremony began at noon with a 21-gun salute as soldiers in parade dress and ceremonial rifles stood to attention after Marcos’ body was secretly flown to the venue by helicopter in an apparent effort to avoid protests.

Police were only informed one day ahead of the burial and said that the ceremony was “not an official state funeral.” The media was banned from the ceremony.

Marcos’ wife Imelda Marcos and his children were in attendance, as well as the late president’s only living sibling at the time, Fortuna Marcos-Barba.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is currently attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Peru, had given orders in August that the interment could go ahead, fulfilling an election campaign promise. But it only took place after a Supreme Court ruling last week that dismissed objections from human rights groups.

Marcos was president of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986 when he was overthrown by a revolt and forced to flee into exile to Hawaii, where he died in 1989. His body was returned to the Philippines in 1993 and has since been kept in a refrigerated crypt in a mausoleum in his hometown of Batac, Ilocos Norte, 470 kilometers north of Manila.

During Marcos`reign, his family and cronies amassed an estimated $10 billion in ill-gotten wealth, a commission found. Tens of thousands of suspected communist rebels and political foes were killed under martial law.

In 2004, anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International named Marcos the second most corrupt leader of all time, behind Indonesian authoritarian ruler Suharto.

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