Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos family hold vigil at tomb amid protests

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who gave the go-ahead for Ferdinand Marcos burial, appealed for calm.

By: AP | Manila | Published:November 19, 2016 11:19 am
philippines, ferdinand marcos, marcos heroes cemetery, philippines dictator, philippines dictator burial, philippines ferdinand marcos, world news Imelda Marcos, the widow of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, top left in black, addresses hundreds of followers after a mass at his graveyard Saturday. (Source: AP Photo)

Family members and followers of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos have gathered for a vigil at his tomb a day after his secrecy-shrouded burial at the country’s Heroes’ Cemetery triggered protests.

Marcos’ widow Imelda, clad in black, thanked supporters and local officials of Marcos’ northern home province who traveled by bus to pay their respects. She said they had given her family strength as they kept the hope for nearly 30 years to have him buried at the national cemetery.

Enraged pro-democracy activists say the decadeslong debate over the ex-president’s final resting place was far from over and protested across the metropolis on Friday. They gathered Saturday to plan more protests.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who gave the go-ahead for the burial, appealed for calm.