MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The heirs of the late President Ferdinand Marcos arranged for a private burial on Friday, November 18.
"Per the desire of the family, it was a private burial. It was requested to be held in confidentiality," said a military general privy to the preparations. As of posting past noon, the burial rites for the late dictator were ongoing at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. (READ: Marcos to be buried at heroes' cemetery today)
"Military honors appropriate for the deceased were rendered per existing AFP regulations," the general added.
The general said they were notified only Thursday night, November 17. The remains of Marcos were brought to Manila Friday morning via a helicopter.
A former staffer of Senator Marcos who is from Ilocos told Rappler: "Many in Ilocos still think the Apo is still there. Even the Marcos relatives were clueless about this. The only indication was the presence of many policemen in Batac yesterday afternoon. Ang daming decoy. (There were a lot of decoys.)."
The former staffer also said, "Kasama apparently sa decoy (Apparently part of the decoy) was the order to some delegates to prepare to travel to Manila starting tonight yet (Friday night). Others were asked to leave for Manila tomorrow. So everyone was preparing for a weekend burial."
The source added, "Unless they are also planning another ceremony this weekend, now that he's buried and no protest could stop the burial."
Duterte out of the country
President Rodrigo Duterte promised on the campaign trail that he would allow a Marcos burial at the Libingan.
The burial ceremony was held while Duterte was in Lima, Peru, to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Meeting. – Rappler.com