Order issued for Marcos transfer to Libingan; Duterte tells protesters to protest “all they want”

  • DND Secretary directed AFP chief to make preparations for Marcos transfer to Libingan
  • President defended his decision to bury Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
  • He said protesters can demonstrate all they want if they don’t like it

MANILA, Philippines – Complying with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary has ordered Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Ricardo Visaya to make preparations for the transfer of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos’s remains to the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

“In compliance to the verbal order of the President to implement his election campaign promise to have the remains of the late former President Ferdinand E. Marcos be interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, kindly undertake the necessary planning and preparations to facilitate the coordination of all agencies concerned specially the provisions for ceremonial and security requirements. Coordinate closely with the Marcos family regarding the date of interment and the transport of the late former President’s remains from Ilocos Norte to the LNMB,” read Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s memo to Visaya.

Duterte, on the other hand, defended his decision to bury Marcos at the Libingan despite the latter’s shady war record.

“As a former soldier and former President of the Philippines, I see nothing wrong in having Marcos buried at  Libingan ng mga Bayani,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying. “He is qualified to be buried there. If other Filipinos don’t want that, fine.”

Duterte also told protesters they are welcome to hold demonstrations if they want.

“They can demonstrate all they want. They can decide if it would be one month for as long as they do not deny public access to roads,” he said.

Earlier, Sen. Bongbong Marcos said they are planning for his father’s remains to be transferred on September 18.