Govt. mulls Marcos family funeral demand

March 10, 2011 at 2:11 AM
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MANILA, Philippines, March 10 (UPI) -- The family of the late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos is again seeking burial with honors for the leader, who died in Hawaii in 1989.

The request, which previous governments had turned down because of Marcos' repressive rule, is now before President Benigno S. Aquino, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Aquino's father, a Marcos critic, was assassinated in 1983, a crime many in the Philippines, including Aquino, suspect was ordered by Marcos, the newspaper said.

Marcos' widow Imelda has refused to bury him anywhere except in a Philippine cemetery reserved for prominent figures, and thus far has preserved the body in a transparent box kept in a mausoleum in his home town of Batac in northern Philippines, the Times reported.

The burial request has again been made by Marcos' son, Ferdinand Jr., the report said.

Aquino, feeling he is too close to the issue because of his father's death, has passed the request on to his vice president, who plans to hold public consultations on the issue.

A popular uprising in1986 forced Marcos to flee the country. The Philippine government in 1993 allowed Imelda Marcos to bring her husband's body home but did not agree to a hero's burial, the Times said.

The place where the body is now kept appears to be in disrepair with a leaky roof, the report said.

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