MANILA - "How much does a solid bronze casket cost?" asks Renato Reyes of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), one of the groups opposed to the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani scheduled on September 18, 2016.
The Marcoses did not reveal the price of the solid bronze casket, which was ordered from the U.S.
Information available online shows shops selling similar bronze caskets, with prices ranging from $3,499 (about P158,000) to $8,390 (about P380,000).
A dark-brushed bronze casket made by Aurora Casket Company and sold online at Casketsite.com was the most expensive at
A similar casket at Bestpricecaskets.com is being sold for $6,995.
A full-brushed copper with heritage bronze finish casket being sold on Overnightcaskets.com is the cheapest at $3,499.99.
The US government's Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in its website, said average caskets are sold for $2,000 while mahogany, bronze or copper caskets are sold for as much as $10,000.
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BAYAN called the solid bronze casket for Marcos an additional insult to Filipinos.
In a statement, BAYAN said the casket serves as a "grim reminder of the Marcos regime's plunder and abuse."
"The wealth illegally amassed by the Marcoses will again be used to 'honor' the late dictator in the same way it is used to whitewash his sins. State honors and the Marcos family’s ostentatious display of wealth are doubly insulting to the victims of the dictatorship," the group said.