MALACAÑANG is unfazed by protest actions against the hero’s burial for the late President Ferdinand Marcos within the year.
Presidential Communications Office secretary Martin Andanar said that the government will tolerate and welcome any protest action as long as it does not cause inconvenience to the general public.
Andanar also stressed that government security forces will exercise maximum tolerance in dealing with protesters.
“Yung policy po pagdating sa protesta, maximum tolerance pa rin. Papabayaan sila mag-protesta kahit saan nila gusto. Huwag lang, huwag lang gambalain ang ating mga motorista dahil alam naman natin na ang trapik po sa Metro Manila ay terrible,” Andanar said in his regular press briefing over state run DZRB Radyo ng Bayan.
“Sinabi po ng Pangulo na papabayaan niya. We are a democratic country. We have freedom of speech. We have the freedom to assemble and to express our views and opinions. Life goes on. Life goes on. We can do whatever… as long as huwag lang po natin gambalain ang ating mga motorista. Kasi talagang katakot-takot na trapik ang mae-experience po ng mga kababayan natin,” he added.
Andanar said that protesters can utilize free and wide spaces to air their opposition to the burial.
With a vote of 9-5 and one abstention, the Supreme Court last week junked all petitions against President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to bury Marcos’ remains at the heroes’ cemetery despite strong opposition from martial law victims, rights advocates, and the general public.
Malacañang also said there was no definite date for the burial but added that it would happen within the year.