A government official said Friday it is up to the United States to decide whether deposed president Ferdinand Marcos can return to his homeland for the funeral of his mother.

"His capabilities (of returning) depend on whether the U.S. government will allow him to come back or not because he is in their jurisdiction," said presidential press spokesman Teodoro Benigno."The U.S. government authorities have said so many times they will keep him there," Benigno told reporters.

However, a U.S. Embassy spokesperson said Marcos's return "is a matter for the Philippine government to decide. Mr. Marcos understands that his travel to the Philippines is contingent upon the Philippine government agreeing to his return."