Nude students, Filipino activists protest dictator's burial

Students shout slogans during a rally at the Rizal Park, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 in Manila, Philippines.

In Bacolod City, more than 100 protesters braved the bad weather to join the Black Friday movement. Thousands of Filipinos, including more than a dozen.

A protester impersonating former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos kisses an effigy of Ferdinand Marcos inside a mock coffin during a protest denouncing his buria.

At the state-run University of the Philippines, a fraternity turned an annual recruitment ritual into a protest with naked recruits running around while holding placards that read, "Marcos dictator not a hero".

"This run is a manifestation of our anger against what we see as the Marcoses trying to revise history, trying to revive their name", said Toby Roca, spokesman of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity.

"It was a simple matter of amending the law, and they had about, 'yung nanay pati 'yung anak [the mother and her son], six, six, [equals], 12 golden years to do it", the President, referring to Republic Act 289, which allows past presidents, together with national heroes and patriots, to be buried at the Libingan.

Judges on the Supreme Court on Nov 8 ruled 9-5 in favour of throwing out petitions against the burial.

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This was how Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada described the protest actions being held against the surprise November 18 burial of deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Relatives of victims of his rule asked the Supreme Court Monday to dig up his remains, claiming they had not been given enough time to appeal a ruling allowing his burial in the cemetery.

Tens of thousands of suspected communist rebels and political foes were killed before Marcos's 1986 ouster in a "people power" revolt.

Duterte said Friday he disagreed with the protesters but upheld their right to free expression, ordering police to allow protest actions even without government permits.

Senior Supt. Tomas Apolinario, director of the Southern Police District (SPD), said the move is to ensure peace and order in the area not only against anti-Marcos groups but also to the pro-Marcos groups visiting the tomb of the ousted dictator.

Duterte said the presidents before him did not want to take the risk of putting an end to the divisive issue.

“It is unacceptable to us for the Duterte administration to politically accommodate the Marcos family, ” he said.

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