Martial Law victims denounce hero's burial for Marcos

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Anti-Marcos protesters gathered at the University of the Philippines on Monday, National Heroes Day, urging President Duterte to stop the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — "Marcos is not a hero!"

On National Heroes Day, anti-Marcos protesters renewed their call to stop the planned burial for former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Led by the group Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang (CARMMA), the rallyists gathered at the University of the Philippines on Monday.

Victims of human rights abuses and relatives of desaparecidos, or victims of enforced disappearances during Martial Law, joined the protest.

They urged President Rodrigo Duterte once again to stop the hero's burial planned for Marcos in September.

"Natutuwa kami at maraming maglabasang grupo, nagpapatunay  lamang na talagang hindi lang iilan ang nakiki-isa sa layuning ito [We're pleased that many groups are coming out to join the protests. This proves that many people believe our cause]," said CARMMA spokesperson Bonifacio Ilagan.

 

In an open letter for the president, the group asked Duterte to stop giving favors to the Marcoses, and instead work on giving justice for all the victims of the dictatorship.

In a few days, the Supreme Court will tackle petitions filed against Marcos's burial. There are six of them pending before the High Court.

The Supreme Court had issued a status quo ante order for Marcos' burial, effectively halting the preparations for the event.

Anti-Marcos groups said they would attend the oral arguments of the case on Thursday.

Weeks ago, Duterte revealed he has cleared a hero's burial for Marcos - one of his promises during his election campaign.

Despite resistance from various groups, including historians, lawyers, and human rights advocates, Duterte has insisted that the late dictator is qualified to be buried at the heroes' cemetery.

Watch: Anti-Marcos groups, police clash in front of Libingan

CNN Philippines correspondent AC Nicholls contributed to this report