Duterte allows protest against Marcos burial

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Malacañang on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte will not stop protests against the burial of the late former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery).

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“President Rodrigo 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,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement.

The statement came after several groups, including relatives of Martial Law victims, expressed opposition against Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Critics of the late strongman, who declared martial law in 1972, cited human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings and acquisition of ill-gotten wealth by the Marcoses.

But Duterte has insisted that Marcos was qualified to be buried at the military-run Libingan ng mga Bayani as a former soldier and a former president.

Burying Marcos at the Heroes’ Cemetery was among the campaign promises of Duterte.

With 16 million votes that put the former Davao City mayor in Malacañang, chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said the President had the mandate to fulfill his promise.

“I’d like to remind our countrymen that during the campaign, President Duterte repeatedly said if he becomes President, he would bury and allow the burial of Mr. Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani. That is a promise and commitment he made as candidate,” Panelo said.

“Considering how the voters overwhelmingly voted him as President, it necessarily follows that he was given the mandate to fulfill the promises he made to the people,” he said.

On Sunday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines to closely coordinate with the Marcos family in preparation for the late president’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City (Metro Manila).

The hero’s burial for Marcos is scheduled for September 18.

The strongman died in exile in Hawaii in 1989.

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  1. Those who disagree with the President decision can join the protest and will be allowed to protest in Luneta for 1 month as mentioned by him…Let us see how many people will join the rally and air their disagreement vice those who will attend the burial….The essence of democracy is the will of the majority shall prevail….

  2. Lahat ng Presidente may mga human rights violation, lahat sila may ninakaw one way or another. Kaya tumahimik kayo kse pag ganyan wla dapat nakalibing na president o maililibing dyan kung ganyan ang patakaran nyo!

  3. Buti nga sa inyo mga Human rights Kuno! Kahit maglupasay pa kayo sa kalye, bahala kayo basta ililibing pa din c Marcos sa Libingan ng mga Bayani PERIOD! Nga nga kayo! Nakahanap kayo ng katapat nyo!

  4. Huwag ng ipagpilitan ilibing sa LNMB si marcos, para walang away. Noong nasa Ilocos yon, walang away. Ngayon ipinagpipilitan lang kaya may away.

    Huwag ipagpilitan ilibing para may UNITY.

  5. Its not true that those who voted Du30 agrees to bury FM in LNMB. Its because of other issues ie. His sincerity to fight drugs, lawlesness, corruption and improve publuc service. Hope he change his decision,,, else there wont be peace in LNMB.

    • Anong it’s not true that you don’t agree? Campaign period pa lang at kahit sa debate sinabi nya na ipapalibing nya si Marcos sa LNMB. Kung binoto mo sya ibig sabihin nag agree ka sa mga plano at sinabi nya. kung hindi naman malamang hindi sya iboto mo.

    • Do you believe in your heart that anyone’s obsessions , objecting to Marcos burial will matter anymore nowadays. There are more pressing issues that needs resolved, drug intoxication of many children by Chinese drug lords, Rampant poverty , lawlessness of many , corruption in gov’t and private sectors, unsafe society( robberies) which is more worrisome than this.