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Wife of former VP Doy Laurel in favor of Marcos burial

The wife of former Vice President Salvador "Doy" Laurel on Saturday expressed her support for the burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

According to a report in 24 Oras, Celia Diaz Laurel said that Filipinos must now recognize the good Marcos has done for the country instead of dwelling on his sins.

"It is time that we recognize him for what good he has done. In life, we must not dwell on what wrong a person has done. But maybe what he has done for the country will outweigh what wrong they think he has done," she said.

She also said that her personal opinion does not reflect that of her family's.

Doy Laurel was one of the vocal critics of the Marcos regime, which saw thousands of human rights abuses.

Laurel was supposed to run for President during the special elections on 1986, but he gave way to Cory Aquino's candidacy.

Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday incidentally fell on the former vice president's 88th birthday.

It took place 10 days after after the Supreme Court ruled to dismiss the consolidated petitions seeking to stop the burial. —Jessica Bartolome/ALG, GMA News