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Marcos family hold vigil at dictator's tomb amid protests

  • Imelda Marcos, widow of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, addresses hundreds of supporters following a mass at his graveyard Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, a day after Marcos was buried in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony at the Heroes' Cemetery in suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines. Long-dead Marcos was buried Friday at the country's Heroes' Cemetery in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony, a move approved by President Rodrigo Duterte that infuriated supporters of the "people power" revolt that ousted Marcos three decades ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Imelda Marcos, widow of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, addresses hundreds of supporters following a mass at his graveyard Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, a day after Marcos was buried in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony at the Heroes' Cemetery in suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines. Long-dead Marcos was buried Friday at the country's Heroes' Cemetery in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony, a move approved by President Rodrigo Duterte that infuriated supporters of the "people power" revolt that ousted Marcos three decades ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • A portrait of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos is placed beside his granite tomb as hundreds of supporters attend a mass at his graveyard Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, a day after Marcos was buried in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony at the Heroes' Cemetery in suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines. Long-dead Marcos was buried Friday at the country's Heroes' Cemetery in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony, a move approved by President Rodrigo Duterte that infuriated supporters of the "people power" revolt that ousted Marcos three decades ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    A portrait of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos is placed beside his granite tomb as hundreds of supporters attend a mass at his graveyard Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, a day after Marcos was buried in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony at the Heroes' Cemetery in suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines. Long-dead Marcos was buried Friday at the country's Heroes' Cemetery in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony, a move approved by President Rodrigo Duterte that infuriated supporters of the "people power" revolt that ousted Marcos three decades ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • With the Philippine flag at half-mast in the background, hundreds of supporters attend a mass at the graveyard of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, a day after Marcos was buried in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony at the Heroes' Cemetery in suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines. Long-dead Marcos was buried Friday at the country's Heroes' Cemetery in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony, a move approved by President Rodrigo Duterte that infuriated supporters of the "people power" revolt that ousted Marcos three decades ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    With the Philippine flag at half-mast in the background, hundreds of supporters attend a mass at the graveyard of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, a day after Marcos was buried in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony at the Heroes' Cemetery in suburban Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines. Long-dead Marcos was buried Friday at the country's Heroes' Cemetery in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony, a move approved by President Rodrigo Duterte that infuriated supporters of the "people power" revolt that ousted Marcos three decades ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

Family members and followers of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos have gathered for a vigil at his tomb a day after his secrecy-shrouded burial at the country's Heroes' Cemetery triggered protests.

Marcos' widow Imelda, clad in black, thanked supporters and local officials of Marcos' northern home province who traveled by bus to pay their respects. She said they had given her family strength as they kept the hope for nearly 30 years to have him buried at the national cemetery.

Enraged pro-democracy activists say the decadeslong debate over the ex-president's final resting place was far from over and protested across the metropolis on Friday. They gathered Saturday to plan more protests.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who gave the go-ahead for the burial, appealed for calm.