MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that he will attend the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos if his health and schedule will permit.
”If I’m in good health and there is no pressing matters to attend to, I might,” President Duterte said in media interview after witnessing the arrival of the remains of Navy Petty Officer 3 Darwin Espallardo at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Espallardo is one of the three government troops killed in the anti-drug operations in North Cotabato. The others are Corporal Jose Miravalles and Private 1st Class Jaypee Duran of the Philippine Army.
President Duterte reiterated that he allowed the burial of the former dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani “because it is in the law.”
”He was a soldier. As a soldier he is qualified. He is not the hero? Fine. But he was a president and no nobody can deny that,” the President explained.
President Duterte promised during the last election campaign that he will allow the Marcos burial at the heroes’ cemetery.
The President has said he will allow the anti-Marcos and civic groups to hold protest rallies as long as they want.
He said only few traffic enforcers will be sent at the rally sides to handle the traffic. Jelly Musico/PNA/northboundasia.com