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Philippine court hears petitions vs hero's burial for Marcos

  • Pro-Marcos protesters, foreground, taunt anti-Marcos demonstrators as they picket the Philippine Supreme Court to coincide with the oral arguments following petitions filed by various groups opposing the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes Cemetery Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in Manila, Philippines. Lawyers for victims of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos's regime said Wednesday that the late leader was unfit for a hero's burial, as they argued at a hearing on petitions against President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to have Marcos buried at a heroes' cemetery. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Pro-Marcos protesters, foreground, taunt anti-Marcos demonstrators as they picket the Philippine Supreme Court to coincide with the oral arguments following petitions filed by various groups opposing the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes Cemetery Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in Manila, Philippines. Lawyers for victims of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos's regime said Wednesday that the late leader was unfit for a hero's burial, as they argued at a hearing on petitions against President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to have Marcos buried at a heroes' cemetery. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pro-Marcos protesters, foreground, taunt anti-Marcos demonstrators as they picket the Philippine Supreme Court to coincide with the oral arguments following petitions filed by various groups opposing the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes Cemetery Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in Manila, Philippines. Lawyers for victims of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos's regime said Wednesday that the late leader was unfit for a hero's burial, as they argued at a hearing on petitions against President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to have Marcos buried at a heroes' cemetery. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Pro-Marcos protesters, foreground, taunt anti-Marcos demonstrators as they picket the Philippine Supreme Court to coincide with the oral arguments following petitions filed by various groups opposing the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes Cemetery Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in Manila, Philippines. Lawyers for victims of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos's regime said Wednesday that the late leader was unfit for a hero's burial, as they argued at a hearing on petitions against President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to have Marcos buried at a heroes' cemetery. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pro-Marcos protesters, foreground, taunt anti-Marcos demonstrators as they picket the Philippine Supreme Court to coincide with the oral arguments following petitions filed by various groups opposing the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes Cemetery Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in Manila, Philippines. Lawyers for victims of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos's regime said Wednesday that the late leader was unfit for a hero's burial, as they argued at a hearing on petitions against President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to have Marcos buried at a heroes' cemetery. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Pro-Marcos protesters, foreground, taunt anti-Marcos demonstrators as they picket the Philippine Supreme Court to coincide with the oral arguments following petitions filed by various groups opposing the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Heroes Cemetery Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in Manila, Philippines. Lawyers for victims of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos's regime said Wednesday that the late leader was unfit for a hero's burial, as they argued at a hearing on petitions against President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to have Marcos buried at a heroes' cemetery. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

Human rights victims of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos' regime have filed a last-ditch legal challenge to prevent his burial at the Heroes' Cemetery.

Marcos' burial was ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte, but it remains an emotional issue for Filipinos who ousted Marcos in a 1986 "people power" revolt.

The petitioners urged the Supreme Court on Wednesday to prevent "a national tragedy" by prohibiting a burial that would glorify a dictator, distort history and aggravate the injustices suffered by human rights victims.

Duterte has remained firm in his stance to allow the burial despite growing opposition, saying there is no legal impediment to honor Marcos.

Rep. Edcel Lagman, a petitioner, says Marcos padlocked Congress, closed media outlets, wantonly violated people's rights and plundered the economy.