'Bato' on plea for rain on Nov. 30: Mahina pala ako kay Lord

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Posted at Dec 01 2016 04:49 PM | Updated as of Dec 01 2016 06:48 PM

It seems like the heavens did not hear his plea.

"Umulan ba? Hindi? Mahina pala ako kay Lord, mahina ako, hindi ako pinagbigyan," Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa quipped, when asked about the weather during the November 30 anti-Marcos burial protests.

(Did it rain? I don't have much clout with God, he did not grant my request.)

He also said the anti-Marcos protesters may have offered more eggs, which is why it did not rain.

"Mas marami atang itlog na nilagay sila eh para hindi umulan," Dela Rosa said.

(It seems they offered more eggs so it won't rain.)

Dela Rosa said on November 28 that he would require all priests from his chaplain service to pray for rain on Nov. 30 when another major protest against the Marcos burial was scheduled. 

“I-require ko lahat ng pari ng chaplain service namin to pray for rain. Magdasal iyong mga pari na umulan para hindi sila makapag-grupo. Lahat ng pari, buong mundo, ay buong PNP, pinagdadasal ko ng rain,” Dela Rosa had said during a press conference last Monday.

Several anti-Marcos groups took to the streets on a rainy Friday, Nov. 25, to express their disgust over the burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. 

The sunny Bonifacio Day protest was the third in a series of protests launched after Marcos was buried in the heroes' cemetery in November 18.