Duterte says no permits needed for protests

President Rodrigo Duterte announced that protesters against the burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani do not need any permit from local government units for their rallies and they can do so “as long as they want.”

The President added that the protesters should not worry about clashing against law enforcers since police forces will be “lean.” The police would also only be responsible for traffic management.

This was announced by Duterte in Davao City on Wednesday night after his arrival from Peru for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and a quick stopover in New Zealand.

“Protest actions shall be allowed in all public places as long as they want,” Duterte said.


Moreover, President Duterte also stood his ground on his decision to allow Marcos to be buried at LNMB, saying that the former dictator deserved it since he was a former president and soldier. Duterte also offered to step down if the protesters could prove that Marcos was neither.

Duterte also answered those who claim that Marcos’ heroism had no bearing on whether he deserved to be buried at LNMB, citing Marcos’ Medal of Valor as the proof that he was a hero.

This was answered by historians saying that Marcos’ supposed exploits during World War II and most of the military medals he had earned were actually fake.


The sudden and secretive burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani with full military honors sparked outrage from the public.

There is a nationwide protest that has been organized for Friday, November 25 by the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang. Another nationwide protest is scheduled on November 30, Bonifacio Day, by the Campaign Against the Marcos Burial in LNMB.

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