|Philippines||CULT WORSHIPS SAINT FERDINAND MARCOS|
Although vilified by many as a ruthless dictator, former President Ferdinand Marcos is worshipped by hundreds of cult followers in the mountains of Abra province, about 300 km north of Manila.
Associated Press describes a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in a Philippine chapel adorned with the familiar heart ringed by a crown of thorns, but also the face is that of the late Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos.
"We regard him as a saint," said cult leader Rodolfo Cabusao, a 51-year-old former tailor.
Their behaviour is in sharp contrast to the thousands of people nationwide who held pro-democracy rallies last week on the anniversary of Marcos' imposition of martial rule 27 years ago. They burned an effigy of the late president's widow, Imelda, near the presidential palace.
The cult began worshipping Marcos soon after the former dictator died in September 1989, when Cubasao says Marcos appeared to him in an apparition and proclaimed himself God's disciple.
AP 12:07pm 29/9/99