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ARMY BOLSTERS SECURITY IN MANILA AS MARCOS BACKERS APPEAL TO COURT

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The Philippine army said Monday it had moved extra forces into the capital to increase security, and allies of the late deposed ruler Ferdinand Marcos appealed to the supreme court to allow him a burial in his homeland.

President Corazon Aquino said it could be years before the remains of the former ruler would be allowed back but declared she would respect a court decision on the issue, which has divided this country of 60 million people.The armed forces chief, Gen. Renato de Villa, said the military bolstered security in Manila during the weekend by moving in Marine forces from other areas "for any situation that may arise."

"We do not discount anything," de Villa said, after presiding over a military high command meeting attended by Defense Secretary Fidel Ramos and commanders of regional and provincial units.

Marcos' followers have warned of unrest if he is denied a burial in his country, but supporters of the former president, who died in Hawaii Thursday, have succeeded in organizing only small rallies, and no violence has occurred.

De Villa said the military was ready to cope with threats from army dissidents, communist rebels and Moslem separatist guerrillas.