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Philippine Group Wants Marcos Exhumed From Heroes Cemetery

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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 Marcos, and their close relatives follow the flag-draped casket of Ferdinand Marcos during a ceremony of his burial at the Heroes' Cemetery in suburban Taguig city, Philippines, Nov. 18, 2016.

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 Marcos, and their close relatives follow the flag-draped casket of Ferdinand Marcos during a ceremony of his burial at the Heroes' Cemetery in suburban Taguig city, Philippines, Nov. 18, 2016.

Relatives of people who were victims of the regime of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos asked the Supreme Court Monday to exhume his remains from a Manila cemetery where they were recently buried.

The group says it did not have enough time to appeal a ruling that allowed his burial in the country's Heroes Cemetery.

"How can a plunderer and despot and violator of human rights be given that honor of being buried in the memorial of good men," said Congressman Edcel Lagman, brother of an abducted anti-Marcos dissident who was never seen again.

Another group Monday asked the Supreme Court to hold the Marcos family and the military in contempt for the "hasty, shady and tricky" burial of the long-dead president.

A major demonstration protesting Marcos' burial at the memorial is planned for Friday.

The Supreme Court recently endorsed a decision by President Rodrigo Duterte to bury the dictator at the cemetery.

Marcos was ousted in 1986 in a mostly non-violent "People Power" revolution when millions of Filipinos took to the streets demanding he step down.

His rule was marked by massive human rights violations.

In addition, he and his wife, Imelda, and their cronies looted billions of dollars from state coffers, plunging the country into crippling debt.

Marcos died in exile in Hawaii in 1989. His remains have been on public display in his northern Philippine hometown.

Previous presidents refused to allow Marcos to be buried in the Heroes Cemetery.

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