Ferdinand Marcos’ 100th birth anniversary on Sept. 11

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — The family of the late President Ferdinand Marcos remembers him on his 100th birth anniversary on Sept. 11.

The family celebrates the occasion at the Libingan ng mga Bayani where Marcos’s remains were transferred from his hometown in Batac, Ilocos Norte.

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with a mass, followed by a program and lunch.

The celebration caps a week of activities in Batac.

Read: Marcos hometown holds muted celebrations on strongman's centennial

The Marcos family invited a number of politicians to join the event, but President Rodrigo Duterte was not in the guest list.

Look: Imelda Marcos sends invites for 'Marcos 100' birthday at Libingan ng mga Bayani

“No,” Special Assistant to the President Bong Go told CNN Philippines on Sunday when asked about Duterte’s presence in the event.

Former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. said earlier they invited the President, who pushed for his father’s burial in November 2016 at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Related: Duterte hopes people forgive Ferdinand Marcos

Duterte also declared Sept. 11 a non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte.

Read: Marcos family thanks Duterte for holiday 'recognizing father's service'

‘Birthday bashers’ attending

Meanwhile, thousands of supporters and opponents of the Marcos regime will gather at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Sept 11.

In a Sunday statement, anti-Marcos groups – comprised of CARMMA (Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacanang), ex-political detainees group Selda and The Movement Against Tyranny – will join a protest caravan.

Delegates of the Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya 2017 and organizations under the left-leaning Bagong Alyansang Makabayan will also take part in the protest.

“Here’s one big rally of bashers on this birthday ‘celebration’ of a dictator and plunderer organized by no less than the current president himself,” said CARMMA Spokesperson Bonifacio Ilagan.

“Let us mark this day that whatever the Duterte government does to complete the rehabilitation of the Marcoses, will be met with protests,” he added.

Ilagan said a number of those participating in the caravan experienced martial law, in one way or another, from Marcos to Duterte.

“We, former political prisoners and victims of torture under Marcos, are joined in by the Lakbayan, especially those who experienced the atrocities of the martial law in Mindanao declared by Duterte,” she said. “They have experiences the human rights violations that their elders have survived through.”

Metro Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde told CNN Philippines on Sunday that the police are ready to maintain law and order at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Billion plundered

Former President Marcos died in exile in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1989. He was in power from 1965 to 1986. He was ousted by a popular revolt on allegations of corruption and human rights violations.

According to the World Bank-UN Office on Drugs and Crime's Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative, Marcos started amassing ill-gotten wealth from the government on his first year in office in 1965.

The study said Marcos siphoned an estimated $5-billion to $10-billion in his 21-year leadership.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Commission on Good Government — which was set up during the presidency of Corazon Aquino to recover the Marcos' ill-gotten wealth — has recovered over ₱170 billion (US$3 billion) from its creation in 1986 to December 2015.

As of December 2016, the Commission filed 248 cases against the Marcoses and their cronies or oligarchs who had close ties with the regime.

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said she believes the cases filed against her family will be settled within the Duterte administration.

"Tiwala kami sa Presidente na siya ang makakapagtapos ng deka-dekadang kaso," the eldest of the Macos siblings said. "At 'yung pamilya nag-uusap pa, subalit nasa kamay ng mga abogado."

[Translation: We believe that the President will end the decades of cases filed against us. The family is still talking about returning the wealth, but the issue is in the hands of our lawyers.]

Duterte said on Sept. 3 that the Marcoses were “ready to return” part of their wealth, possibly through a settlement.

Read more: Duterte: Marcoses offer settlement on family wealth

Victims of human rights violations during martial law began receiving compensation in May 2017.

Read more: Martial law victims receive first half of monetary compensation

Republic Act 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 grants monetary and nonmonetary reparation to human rights victims.

The government has allotted ₱10 billion for the reparation of the victims, which came from the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family transferred to the government by the Swiss Federal Court in December 1997.