Friday, November 18, 2016

Philippine Stamp: Ferdinand Marcos

Ferdinand Marcos, the 10th president of the Philippines, ruled as a dictator under martial law from 1972 until 1981.

Marcos died in Honololu, Hawaii on September 28, 1989. His body was kept in a refrigerated crypt and flown into the Philippines on September 17, 1993. Marcos' body remained in a refrigerated crypt in a mausoleum in Batac, Ilocos Norte between 1993 and 2016. 

Marcos was finally buried on November 18, 2016, ten days after the Supreme Court of the Philippines allowed the burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. On the morning of November 18, using Philippine Armed Forces choppers, his family and their supporters flew his remains from Ilocos to Manila for a private burial. The burial came as a unexpected to many, as the Supreme Court's ruling still allowed 15 days for the opposition to file a motion for reconsideration. Various protest groups formed immediately upon news of the burial.