Southeast Asia | Hero's burial plan for Philippine dictator Marcos sparks outrage

Hero’s burial plan for Philippine dictator Marcos sparks outrage

May 24, 2016 7:02 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From AFP)

Plans by the Philippines’ controversial president-elect to give late dictator Ferdinand Marcos a hero’s burial triggered outrage on Tuesday, with martial law victims warning it would whitewash the strongman’s crimes.

Late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was in power from 1965-1986
Late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was in power from 1965-1986

Rodrigo Duterte, who won this month’s elections in a landslide, announced on Monday he would allow Marcos to be buried at the Heroes’ Cemetery in Manila, in what would be another big win for the dictator’s family as it cements a remarkable political comeback.

“Burying him at the (cemetery) will whitewash all crimes he committed against the people and will send the wrong message to the world: that in the Philippines, crime pays,” Bonifacio Ilagan, who was detained and tortured by Marcos forces, said. Read More

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