MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has not monitored any rally protesting the burial of former president Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Taguig City, an official said Saturday.
”We have not monitored any anti-Marcos rally. However, in any protest, we will exercise maximum tolerance,” National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde, said in a text message.
Albayalde noted that under Batas Pambansa 880, “mayors are required to assign public spaces where people can protest freely. Without designation from mayors, all parks will be deemed freedom parks in their city.”
In the case of the EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos Ave.) People Power Monument, it is not a freedom park, he said, explaining that the EDSA Shrine is a private property and the Church which owns it has already announced in the past that it will not permit protest rallies to be conducted in their premises.
”Rallies in these places can be tolerated as we respect the freedom of assembly, provided that protests will be conducted peacefully and orderly,” Albayalde said.
”In case protesters become unruly and violent, the full force of the law will be applied,” he added. Perfecto Raymundo Jr/PNA-northboundasia.com