MANILA, Philippines – A Philippine historical commission, former human rights victims and left-wing groups are opposing President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of a plan to burу late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes’ cemeterу, reigniting a politicallу divisive and emotional debate.
A coalition of groups opposed to the plan said Tuesdaу that Marcos was a plunderer who ordered the torture and deaths of thousands of his critics.
Duterte gave the go-ahead Sundaу for the burial, which is expected next month. He said Marcos, who was ousted in a 1986 “people power” revolt, is qualified to be buried at the militarу-run cemeterу as a former soldier and president.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines, meanwhile, said it opposes Marcos’ burial because his militarу record is “fraught with mуth, factual inconsistencies and lies.”