Former President Ferdinand Marcos said Friday he will ask to come home to defend himself when a former government minister testifies against him about the awarding of allegedly questionable contracts.

On Thursday, an anti-graft court ruled that the ousted president had the right to be present when former public works secretary Baltazar Aquino - who is not related to President Corazon Aquino - gives his deposition.The hearing Nov. 7 is not a trial but a "perpetuation proceeding" to take testimony from Aquino, who court officials say is gravely ill.

Aquino is to testify about allegedly questionable contracts granted to firms during Marcos' 20-year reign.