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Philippine court urged to order Marcos' remains exhumed

  • Activists Saturnino Ocampo, right, and Bonifacio Ilagan hold documents after filing a petition at the Supreme Court seeking to cite the Marcos' heirs and officials in contempt for carrying out the burial even before the highest court's ruling allowing it became final and executory Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony at the Heroes' Cemetery Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Activists Saturnino Ocampo, right, and Bonifacio Ilagan hold documents after filing a petition at the Supreme Court seeking to cite the Marcos' heirs and officials in contempt for carrying out the burial even before the highest court's ruling allowing it became final and executory Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony at the Heroes' Cemetery Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Activists Saturnino Ocampo, right, and Bonifacio Ilagan hold documents after filing a petition at the Supreme Court seeking to hold the Marcos' heirs and officials in contempt for carrying out the burial even before the highest court had heard final appeals against it Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony at the Heroes' Cemetery Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Activists Saturnino Ocampo, right, and Bonifacio Ilagan hold documents after filing a petition at the Supreme Court seeking to hold the Marcos' heirs and officials in contempt for carrying out the burial even before the highest court had heard final appeals against it Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony at the Heroes' Cemetery Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Activists, from left, Bonifacio Ilagan, Neri Colmenares, Saturnino Ocampo, and attorney Ephraim Cortez hold documents after filing a petition at the Supreme Court seeking to hold the Marcos' heirs and officials in contempt for carrying out the burial even before the highest court had heard final appeals against it Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony at the Heroes' Cemetery Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Activists, from left, Bonifacio Ilagan, Neri Colmenares, Saturnino Ocampo, and attorney Ephraim Cortez hold documents after filing a petition at the Supreme Court seeking to hold the Marcos' heirs and officials in contempt for carrying out the burial even before the highest court had heard final appeals against it Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. The late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried in a secrecy-shrouded ceremony at the Heroes' Cemetery Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

Human rights victims who suffered during the regime of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos have filed petitions asking the Supreme Court to order the exhumation of his remains that were buried Friday at the country's Heroes' Cemetery and to hold his heirs and officials involved in contempt for carrying out the burial before the court had heard final appeals against it.

The petition filed Monday by former lawmaker Saturnino Ocampo and other activists urged the court to hold the heirs, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and two military officials in contempt for "the hasty, shady and tricky" burial of Marcos at the cemetery. It said they should be fined and detained for mocking the legal process that gives petitioners 15 days to appeal the court's Nov. 8 ruling.