Andanar says anti-Marcos protests will not disturb Duterte in his war on drugs
With less than a thousand attending the anti-Marcos rally this rainy Sunday morning at Luneta Park in Manila, Malacanang expressed little concern over protests against President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to allow the burial of the late dictator and plunderer at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).
In a briefing Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said that Duterte would not change his mind on giving Marcos a hero’s burial no matter how many or how long the protests take.
Andanar said: “The President has repeatedly said that he would allow any form of protest, like organizing mass actions against the FM burial at the LNMB. This is consistent with his philosophy that criticism, good or bad, true or not, is part of the territory of governance in public.”
The President said that the law does not even state that a person should be e hero to be buried at the LNMB, he should only be a president or a soldier. He blamed the “yellow administrations” for not changing the law to legally block Marcos’ burial at LNMB.
Andanar said that the President considered the anti-Marcos protest a mere distraction to his on-going war against illegal drugs.
“ The President’s stance, however, remains firm: There is clarity in the regulations governing the late President Marcos burial. The President shall therefore remain undistracted and it shall be governance as usual with his full and undivided attention in winning the war against drugs, criminality and corruption,” said Andanar.