MANILA -- Former President Ferdinand Marcos was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City on Friday, November 18, despite growing opposition after the Supreme Court ruled last week that one of Asia's most infamous tyrants can be entombed in the heroes' cemetery.
Police Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde said authorities finalized the burial plans with the Marcos family Thursday, November 17, adding the former President's remains were flown by helicopter from Laoag, Ilocos Norte, for the burial around noon Friday.
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Albayalde said earlier that there will only be a simple ceremony.
"There will be no state funeral. It will be very simple, the body will be carried on a hearse then brought to his tomb," Albayalde said.
Still, the highly secretive funeral plan shocked many pro-democracy advocates and human rights victims who planned several protests nationwide Friday to oppose the burial at the cemetery, where former presidents, soldiers and national artists have been interred, unaware that funeral plans for the dictator were already underway.
The burial of a former dictator blamed for thousands of deaths, disappearances and torture of left-wing activists and anti-government politicians during his time in power is a deeply emotional issue that has divided the poor Southeast Asian nation.
Leftwing activist Bonifacio Ilagan, who was tortured and detained during Marcos's time, protested the secretive funeral plans and said Marcos was being buried "like a thief in the night."
Vice President Leni Robredo, for her part, said the Marcos family "flouted the law" as the Supreme Court's decision "does not become final and executory until 15 days or the resolution of the motion for reconsideration."
"This is nothing new to the Marcoses, they who had hidden wealth, hidden human rights abuses, and now, a hidden burial, with complete disrespect for the rule of law," Robredo said in a statement. (AP/Sunnex)