LOOK: Marcos' solid bronze casket arrives at Batac, Ilocos Norte

Dianne Dy, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 08 2016 12:32 PM

Over a month ahead of the scheduled hero's burial for former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, his casket has arrived at Batac City, Ilocos Norte.

The confidentially priced, solid bronze casket was ordered from the U.S. and was picked by former First Lady Imelda Marcos herself, mortician Dr. Frank Malabed said.

Due to preparations for the burial, the Marcos Mausoleum will be closed to public until Wednesday.

Before Marcos is buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, funeral services will be held in Paoay and Batac churches.

On Sunday, the Department of National Defense (DND) issued a formal memorandum instructing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to plan and prepare Marcos' interment.

In a memorandum dated August 7, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana ordered AFP Chief of Staff General Ricardo Visaya to "undertake the necessary planning and preparations to facilitate" the interment of the late dictator at the heroes' cemetery.

Lorenzana said the memorandum was pursuant to President Rodrigo Duterte's verbal order to implement his election promise to inter Marcos's remains at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office was designated as the overseer and focal agency for the transfer of remains.