MANILA - Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Ronald “Bato" dela Rosa on Monday defended police for participating in the controversial burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
In a press conference in Camp Crame, Dela Rosa said PNP is not concerned about the politics behind the ceremony and that they were merely ensuring public safety, including that of the Marcos family.
"Kami wala kaming pakialam kung ilibing si Marcos o hindi, kung saan siya ililibing, kailan, paano siya ililibing. Basta sa amin lang, kapag may gulo dapat andiyan kami to respond to gulo. 'Yan po ang aming papel," Dela Rosa said.
(We don’t care whether Marcos will be buried or not, where he will be buried, when, how will he be buried. For us, it’s just that when there is a commotion, we need to be there to respond. That is our role.)
"Kung gusto namin maging secret dapat yung pulis namin tinatago namin kung saan madeploy, patago na deployment and makita naman ninyo may pulis doon na dineploy namin.”
(If we wanted it to be a secret, we should have hidden our police and the location of their deployment, a secret deployment but you saw the police that we deployed there.)
Dela Rosa added that the PNP is not part of the plan on Marcos’ burial, adding that they do not own the heroes’ cemetery.
"Hindi kami kasama sa plano kung saan siya ililibing. Hindi sa amin 'yang Libingan. Ang importante nandyan kami kasi kung inatake ng mga militante 'yung mga Marcos loyalists na nakipaglibing at 'yung pamilya, kawawa naman 'yung pulis hindi nag-deploy tapos maraming nangyari."
(We are not part of the plan on where he will be buried. The Libingan is not ours. What is important for us is if militants attacked the Marcos loyalists who attended the burial as well as the family. The police would be pitiful if they did not deploy and many things happened.)
Dela Rosa also defended the PNP over comments of Vice President Leni Robredo, who earlier expressed disappointment for coordinating secretly with the Marcos family.
"Paano 'yan kung hindi nag-react ang PNP sa request ng pamilya na tumulong mag-secure tapos magkakaroon ng rally, maraming nasaktan. Anong sasabihin niya?" Dela Rosa said.
(How will it look if PNP did not react to the request of the family to help secure the area and a rally occurs, many people will get hurt. What will she say?)