MANILA - Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda denied President Benigno Aquino III is running away from the big anti-pork barrel rally in Manila tomorrow, Independence Day.
Aquino will go to Naga to join the celebrations there.
Lacierda explained Aquino celebrated Independence Day in different historical places in the country the previous years.
Aquino had been to Kawit, Cavite and Barasoain church in Malolos, Bulacan.
Lacierda said this is the President's way of acknowledging the contributions of these places in the country's struggle for freedom.
"Since assuming office, the President has been leading Independence Day celebrations in the regions, emphasizing the role of each province and community in the liberation of our country. On June 12, the President will commemorate Bicol's contribution to the Philippine revolution, as encapsulated in the martyrdom of the Quince Martires, the 15 Bicolano Martyrs, whose deaths led to the civil guard revolt that ended Spanish rule in Camarines Sur," Lacierda said in a news briefing.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police assured security for tomorrow's celebrations.
In a separate statement, the PNP said it will provide maximum deployment of police officers and Civil Disturbance Management (for mass protests) in all places of engagement to ensure peace and order.