As the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the eligibility of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ remains to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, let’s take a look at how the other countries laid their dictators to rest.
While some still managed to be given a state or military funeral, others were buried out of their home country, in unmarked grave, or dumped without so much as a ceremony, such as in the case of Adolf Hitler, based on secret Joseph Stalin files.
1. Francisco Franco (Spain)
Buried in a controversial memorial he ordered built for Spanish Civil War casualties and built in part by political prisoners through forced labor; with calls to exhume his remains to avoid tarnishing the memory of the war victims.
2. Suharto (Indonesia)
Buried at a family mausoleum after a state funeral; status as a national hero is still subject to a debate.
3. Slobodan Milosevic (Serbia/Yugoslavia)
Denied a state funeral; buried in his hometown.
4. Augusto Pinochet (Chile)
Denied a state funeral, but buried with a military funeral; his remains were cremated and deposited at his countryside retreat house so his enemies would never be able to desecrate his remains.
5. Francois “Papa Doc” and Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier (Haiti)
“Papa Doc” was buried at a national cemetery, but protesters tore his grave apart; while “Baby Doc’s” remains were cremated after being denied a state funeral.
Haiti’s National Cemetery:
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