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Duterte finally orders burial of Ferdinand Marcos

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Former First Lady Imelda Marcos kisses the glass coffin of controversial former President Ferdinand Marcos in 2014 during her 85th birthday celebration. Marcos died in 1989 but has been preserved above ground in his hometown of Batac in Ilocos Norte province.   © Reuters

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has broken with his predecessors and finally ordered the burial of Ferdinand Marcos, the infamous former Philippine president who died 27 years ago, in a cemetery reserved for war heroes and eminent individuals.

Duterte said burying Marcos at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery) would heal political divisions and honor Marcos as a World War II veteran. The interment has been provisionally scheduled for Sept. 18, according to the Philippine Star newspaper.

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