MANILA - (UPDATED) Wheelchair-bound Ilocos Norte Congresswoman Imelda Marcos on Monday visited the grave of her husband, Former President Ferdinand Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on National Heroes' Day.
Imelda was among the early visitors to the late strongman's grave, where his portrait and a wreath were also placed. It was the first National Heroes' Day celebration with Marcos buried at the esteemed cemetery.
The former dictator was buried hurriedly at Libingan last year, as rumblings continue to grow that his family is embarking on a political revival despite thousands who suffered under his two-decade-long rule.
Before the burial, the Supreme Court rejected a petition by human rights victims to stop the transfer of Marcos' remains to the same resting place of former presidents, national artists, and heroes of war.
President Rodrigo Duterte allowed the burial at Libingan, which was the late strongman's last wish, according to his family.
In an interview with ANC in November 2016, Marcos' daughter, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, said his father's burial at the heroes' cemetery does not make him a hero.
"It’s not a crusade. It doesn’t make him a hero. At the end of the day, we have to judge that by other means. It’s just complying with what your dad wanted," she said.
"For us, it’s quite simple, there’s no big statement that he’s now become a national hero or anything like that," she said.
After Marcos' burial at the Libingan, Duterte said whether the late dictator can now be considered a hero "depends on the beholder."
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court upheld its ruling junking petitions against the burial, as it junked motions for reconsideration that sought to overturn its decision.