MANILA (Mabuhay) — Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte will allow the public to hold protests against his decision to bury the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
In a statement, Abella said only a minimum number of policemen will be assigned in the area mainly to direct traffic.
“President Rodrigo R. Duterte declared this morning that he will allow public demonstration protesting the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos, and will assign only a minimum number of policemen to direct traffic,” Abella said.
A number of groups have urged Duterte not to allow Marcos’ burial at the Libingan because of the violations against human rights the late strongman committed during his regime that spanned for over 20 years.
Chief presidential legal counsel Salvado Panelo, on the other hand, said that Malacañang will oppose any legal moves to stop the burial since Marcos qualifies to be interred at the Libingan as a president and as a soldier.
Marcos died in Honolulu, Hawaii in September 1989. His preserved remains, brought home in 1993, lie inside a glass coffin and on public display at the Marcos Museum and Mausoleum in Batac, Ilocos Norte. (MNS)