9-11 rally vs pork may cause inconvenience: Palace
MANILA - Malacañang expressed concern about the "inconvenience" that the planned anti-pork barrel rally at EDSA on September 11 will cause to the public.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that while it cannot stop organizers from staging the protest action, the Palace hopes that organizers will consider the traffic that it would create in the major thoroughfare.
Lacierda also wondered why the rally would be held on the birth anniversary of the late president Ferdinand Marcos, noting that some personalities behind the "Million People March" would not be joining the September 11 rally.
"Obviously, maraming mai-inconvenience, sa totoo lang… First of all, we're saying everybody has a right to free expression, everybody has a right to public assembly," Lacierda said.
"Ang concern lang namin, number one, it's a Wednesday, we don't know why it was held on the birthday of Mr. Marcos and since it's Wednesday, it's Baclaran day. Inextricably, EDSA will be affected by it, will be inconvenienced by the traffic. So should they want to look for another venue? We hope they will be considerate enough for those who will not join the rally... Because we're not telling them you cannot attend rallies… like what they did in Luneta, nobody stopped them. Everybody was free to express their opinion."
Asked for his message to the rally organizers, Lacierda said, "We expect them to be responsible and prudent."