Gov't sees no security threat in anti-Marcos protests

Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 21 2016 02:49 AM

Protesters gather outside Palma Hall in University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, where they condemned the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Friday. The exact date of the burial was kept secret by the Marcos family, taking the general public by surprise. Fernando Sepe, ABS-CBN News

LIMA – National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. says government doesn’t see the anti-Marcos protests as a security threat.

“I would rather look at it as democratic expression,” he said, noting that even the Marcos supporters are holding their own rallies.

“You would expect na merong kanya-kayang plano (both sides) as a matter of democratic advocacies,” Esperon said.

However, Esperon also said government is ready to take extra steps to maintain the peace should tensions escalate. 

“If we have to, we will,” he said without elaborating.

Earlier, President Duterte expressed hope all parties would maintain extra tolerance as they vent their sentiments over the burial of President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

The dictator’s burial, which was kept a secret by the Marcos family until just a few hours prior, has triggered protests and rallies all over the country.