MANILA - Crowd-control police officers will not be deployed to the Black Friday protest that will be held on November 25 in Luneta and other parts of the country, the police chief said Thursday.
"Pabayaan namin sila. Sa kanila na yang mga plaza, mga kalsada kung gusto nila. Hindi na namin sila pakialaman," Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa said Thursday.
(We will let them do what they want. They can occupy the plaza and the streets if they want. We will not meddle with their affairs.)
Anti-riot troops will only be deployed if the activists protesting against Ferdinand Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani will engage in unruly behavior, Dela Rosa said.
"Kung manggulo atsaka lang kami magreact," Dela Rosa said.
A Palace official earlier said protesters need not secure permits to stage activities against the burial of late dictator.
"The instruction of the President is very clear, that he respects the right of citizens to protest against the Marcos burial. The protesters don't need to secure rally permits in fear of being evicted and the President emphasized he may not agree [with] the opinions of the protesters and he may not agree [with] what they say but he will protect their right to say it and that is how he expressed our democracy," palace Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag said.