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Ex-Philippine Dictator Marcos Buried With Military Honors

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In this photo provided by the Office of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, Imelda Marcos, in black on a wheelchair under an umbrella, the widow of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and their close relatives follow the flag-draped casket of Ferdinand Mar

In this photo provided by the Office of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, Imelda Marcos, in black on a wheelchair under an umbrella, the widow of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and their close relatives follow the flag-draped casket of Ferdinand Mar

Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried with military honors Friday, 30 years after he was ousted in a People Power revolution.

The ceremony began with a 21-gun salute as soldiers in parade dress and ceremonial rifles stood to attention at the "Cemetery of Heroes" in Manila.

Despite growing opposition from a coalition composed of Philippine human rights victims of the Marcos dictatorship, the Philippine’s Supreme Court ruled last week that Marcos could be buried at the cemetery.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved the burial of the former dictator, disregarding the opposition’s rejection. Marcos body was flown secretly to Manila in an apparent effort to avoid protests.

Thousands of riot police and soldiers guarded the perimeter of the cemetery and there were no protesters.

The Marcos family fled the Philippines at the height of the army-backed People Power Revolution, which inspired other democracy movements in Asia.

Marcos died in exile in Hawaii in 1989 and his body was returned to his northern Philippine hometown of Batac in 1993. Since then, it has been displayed in a glass coffin and became a tourist attraction.

FILE - Supporters of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos display his images prior to marching towards the Supreme Court for an overnight vigil, Nov. 7, 2016.

FILE - Supporters of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos display his images prior to marching towards the Supreme Court for an overnight vigil, Nov. 7, 2016.

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