Follow the law, Palace tells protesters

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 27 2015 07:09 PM | Updated as of Feb 28 2015 03:09 AM

MANILA - The Palace on Friday again reminded protesters and those calling for the resignation of President Benigno Aquino III to stage their activities within the limits of the law.

"For one, again we keep stressing this that it is part of democratic space that you have contrary opinions and they make those opinions known, but as mentioned by the Secretary of Justice, you have to do that within the bounds of law and that there are certain things that while expressing your opinion that you cannot do in particular. So perhaps that is just a reminder," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

"It is up to them when they will continue to do this but at least on the part of government, we stand firm on the position of the President," she added.

Meanwhile, Malacañang believes retired Colonel Generoso Mariano will fail to convince members of the military and the police to withdraw support for President Aquino.

"Allow me to say that this is not the first time that former Colonel Mariano has made his sentiments known. I understand that he has done the same in 2011 and his call went generally unheeded by men in the uniformed service. There is no expectation that it would change in the present situation. Allow me just to point out that he has obviously axe to grind against government due to the procedure that he underwent after his statements in 2011 when he was still part of the active military service," Valte said.

Mariano, in a press conference organized by the Solidarity for Sovereignty (S4S) on Thursday, called on uniformed personnel to withdraw support from Aquino in the wake of the Mamasapano incident.

"Nananawagan ako sa lahat ng makabayang kasundaluhan at kapulisan, bawiin na ang suporta sa Presidente. We deserve a better government," he said.

Other personalities such as Troy Abitona, uncle of fallen Special Action Force (SAF) commando PO2 Efren Mejia, former Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) spokesman Eid Kabalu, Fr. Eliseo Mercado, and retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz are also calling for Aquino's resignation.