SAN NICOLAS, Ilocos Norte - The family of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos remains hopeful that he will be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery) despite protests from human rights groups, his eldest daughter said Saturday.
The Supreme Court extended its order stopping the burial until October 18 as it hears petitions questioning the legality of the burial, which was approved by President Rodrigo Duterte.
"Akala naming tuluy-tuloy na ‘yung libing, pero ‘yun nga pending pa rin, nag-aabang kami, ipinagdadasal [We thought the burial would push through but it's still pending. We're still waiting, praying]," Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos told reporters.
"Maraming nagsasabi na dito na lang, natutuwa nga na naudlot kaya nga eto nga sabi nga ng nanay ko ‘yung hiling niya na sa libingan kasama ang mga kapwa sundalo [Some say he should just be buried here and they're happy that it's being delayed. But it is my mother's wish that he be buried alongside his fellow soldiers]," she added.
Marcos' remains have been kept in the family's ancestral home on Batac town since they were returned to the Philippines in 1993, four years after he died while on exile in Hawaii.
The Marcos family is commemorating his 99th birth anniversary on Sunday.