100 policemen secure Libingan

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THE Southern Police District (SPD) on Tuesday said it has deployed a company of civil disturbance management (CDM) policemen to secure the perimeter of the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB or Heroes’ Cemetery) where former President Ferdinand Marcos was laid to rest last Friday.

“At any one time, we have a company of CDM personnel that are deployed to secure the LNMB. We have regular security force deployed there,” SPD director and Senior Supt. Tomas Apolinario Jr. told a press briefing at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Apolinario said they have no time frame on how long the CDM numbering 100 policemen will be securing the LNMB.

He added that the policemen are posted at the cemetery from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and expressed hope that there would not be any violent rally to happen at the LNMB.

The police official said most of those who are visiting the cemetery are supporters of the former president.

Meanwhile, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) said majority of his fellow alumni at the premiere school support the ruling of the Supreme Court dismissing petitions filed against the burial of the former president at the Libingan.

Rodolfo Mendoza was an intelligence officer when he retired from the Philippine National Police in 2008.
Mendoza said the Roman Catholic Church is “slightly” divided on the issue of Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

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