Philippine court temporarily stops burial of Marcos in heroes' cemetery

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 23, 2016 2:10 AM

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine Supreme Court ordered the government on Tuesday to put on hold a plan to bury former dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes' cemetery, a court spokesman said.

The 15-member high bench of the court told the government not to do anything on the issue for 20 days, the spokesman, Theodore Te, told reporters.

A plan supported President Rodrigo Duterte to bury the former president in the cemetery has been criticized by human rights groups and many politicians.

(Reporting by Manuel Mogato and Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Robert Birsel)