The Liberal Party (LP) has reportedly released P8 million budget to counter the 100th birthday celebration of former President Ferdinand Marcos, at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani on Monday.
The source said, LP’s treasurer and Capiz Congressman Melencio Roxas, cousin of former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, allocated P5M for five leftist groups who will spearhead the planned protest. The source did not specify the said groups but hinted that Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), and Gabriela are included.
Leftist group Bayan Muna said it would hold rallies at the Libingan to protest the late martial law ruler’s planned 100th birthday celebration by his family.
A Senate source said all senators were invited. However, he was not sure if they would attend. Another source said Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III would skip the event.
Also invited were other government officials, presumably including President Duterte, and foreign diplomats. The Marcoses are Duterte’s close allies.
The President has declared Monday a holiday in Ilocos Norte, the Marcoses’ home province. It was Duterte who allowed the burial of Marcos at the Libingan.
The President is advocating the grant of immunity from criminal prosecution for the Marcos heirs in exchange for returning their alleged ill-gotten wealth.
Asked if he and other House leaders got invited, House Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas said, “Not that I know of.”
The LP source said BAYAN’s Secretary General Renato Reyes visited LP’s headquarters on Friday to collect the budget. /Janice Acosta/