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Former Philippine President Marcos Buried with Military Honors


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

Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos was buried Friday with military honors at a cemetery for national heroes.

His wife Imelda and their children attended the burial at “Cemetery of Heroes” in Manila.

A police official told the Associated Press that Marcos’s body was flown to the capital Thursday from his home province of Ilocos Norte.

The official described the burial service as a “simple, family” ceremony. Family members and military officials followed the body as it was taken in a horse-drawn carriage to its final resting place.

The ceremony included a 21-gun military salute. Imelda Marcos was given the Philippine flag that covered the coffin.

The burial was kept secret from the public. Groups representing victims of Marcos’s rule opposed having his remains moved to the cemetery. Other former presidents, military leaders and artists are buried there.

No protests were reported at the cemetery, where thousands of riot police and soldiers stood guard. But protesters gathered in other parts of Manila. Some burned pictures of Marcos.

Anti-Marcos protesters hold slogans in a rally outside the Philippine Supreme Court in Manila, Philippines before the court approved the burial of Ferdinand Marcos in Manila's Cemetery of Heroes.

Anti-Marcos protesters hold slogans in a rally outside the Philippine Supreme Court in Manila, Philippines before the court approved the burial of Ferdinand Marcos in Manila's Cemetery of Heroes.

The Philippine Supreme Court approved the burial, which President Rodrigo Duterte also supported. Several groups had gone to court seeking to stop it.

Marcos ruled the country for more than 20 years. His administration was accused of widespread corruption and human rights abuses. Family members have denied wrongdoing during his rule.

Marcos was removed from office in 1986 when the army supported what was called a “people power” rebellion. He later fled the country.

Marcos died in 1989 while living in exile with his family in the American state of Hawaii. In 1993, his body was flown back to the Philippines.

In this file photo, former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos kisses the glass coffin of her husband, late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, when his body was on display in Ilocos Norte province, on March 26, 2010.

In this file photo, former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos kisses the glass coffin of her husband, late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, when his body was on display in Ilocos Norte province, on March 26, 2010.

Marcos’s oldest daughter Imee is the governor of Ilocos Norte province. She thanked President Duterte for supporting the burial in Manila.

“My beloved father's last will to be buried with fellow soldiers was fulfilled today," she said.

Duterte had said it was right for the former president to be buried at the Manila cemetery “not because he was a hero, but because he was a Filipino soldier.”

Marcos served in the Philippine army and was a guerrilla leader against Japanese occupation forces during World War II.

Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo opposed the burial and criticized the secrecy of the ceremony. She compared the process to “a thief in the night.”

“This is nothing new to the Marcoses - they who had hidden wealth, hidden human rights abuses and now hidden burial - with complete disrespect for the rule of law,” she said.

I’m Bryan Lynn.

Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on reports from VOA News, the Associated Press and Reuters. George Grow was the editor.

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Words in This Story

cemeteryn. place where dead people are buried

salute – n. sign of respect given to high-ranking military officials

coffin – n. box used to bury the body of a dead person

fellow - adj. used to describe people who belong to the same group or who have shared experiences

thief - n. person who steals things

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