Ferdinand Marcos' relatives appealed Wednesday to President Corazon Aquino to allow the exiled former ruler to return home to bury his mother on the eve of the first anniversary of her death.

Josefa Marcos died May 4, 1988, at the age of 95, and relatives have vowed not to bury her until Marcos returns from Hawaii, where he has been living in exile since his ouster in 1986.Cynthia Chan, a Marcos niece, told reporters that relatives were waiting for the 71-year-old former president to fulfill his mother Josefa's final wish - that she be buried by her son.

"We hope Mrs. Aquino will be Christian enough to let my uncle come home," Chan said.