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Thursday, June 18, 1998 Published at 10:11 GMT 11:11 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

Cory Aquino leads Marcos burial protest

About two-hundred people in the Philippines capital, Manila, have staged a protest against a decision by the president-elect, Joseph Estrada, to allow the remains of former president, Ferdinand Marcos, to be buried in the national Heroes' Cemetery.

The demonstrators, who were led by Mr Marcos' successor, Corazon Aquino, said the former president did not deserve the honour because of the abuse of human rights and widespread corruption during his rule.

Correspondents in the Philippines say Mr Estrada is a former supporter of the Marcos government and that his presidential campaign was endorsed by Mr Marcos' widow, Imelda.

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