- Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Ronald “Bato" Dela Rosa said that the police are not part of the planning of late president Ferdinand Marcos' burial
- Dela Rosa explained that the police's main concern was public safety
- Vice President Leni Robredo earlier expressed disappointment over the participation of the police in the burial
After being criticized by Vice President Leni Robredo, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Ronald “Bato" Dela Rosa insisted that the police were not part of the planning of the late President Ferdinand Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
According to Dela Rosa, the PNP do not own the LNMB and that they were not involved in the planning of the burial, saying that all they were concerned about was the safety of the people present during the event.
“Hindi kami kasama sa plano kung saan siya lilibing. 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."
“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 andyan kami to respond to gulo. ‘Yan po ang aming papel."
Vice President Leni earlier criticized the police for secretly coordinating with the Marcos family and said that the PNP and AFP's deployment in the burial was disturbing.
Dela Rosa then explained that they participated in the burial and responded to the request of the Marcoses in order to ensure public safety. The PNP general stated:
“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 [Robredo]?"
“Anong mangyayari sa PNP niyan? Sala sa init, sala sa lamig. Kung hindi kami nag-prepare sasabihin naman balatuba ‘tong mga pulis. Ililibing si Marcos, hindi nag-prepare? So saan kami pupunta ngayon? Kawawa ang pulis natin, bahala sila."
The late strongman was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on November 18 and was given full military honors.