Marcos centennial celebration generally peaceful

No untoward incident has been reported in line with the 100th birthday celebration of former president Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani (LNMB) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Monday.

This according to Southern Police District (SPD) head Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario in a statement Monday.

Apolinario estimated that 150 Marcos supporters wearing white shirts and around 200 anti-Marcos rallyists on board 30 passenger jeepneys gathered near the LNMB.

He placed the number of Marcos guests, including immediate family members, at around 250.

Some 600 police officers and soldiers were deployed to secure the event.

Apolinario said a mass was held with eulogies given by selected close friends, followed by lunch at the Bulwagan Hall of the LNMB.

Last Nov. 18, Marcos’ remains were interred at the 5,000-square-meter Presidential Section of LNMB, where he was allotted a 100-square-meter plot.

Three other Philippine presidents are buried at the heroes’ cemetery — Carlos P. Garcia, Diosdado Macapagal and Elpidio Quirino. The Presidential Section still has room for 46 more. (PNA)