September 21 is held as the “National Day of Protest” where Pro and Anti-Duterte rallyists gather around Manila.
Local government groups, militant groups, professionals, students, and workers gather to show their support.
Netizens also showed their support online.
Pro and Anti-Duterte rallying gathered in the Philippines’ capital, Manila, to express their sentiments about different issues today, September 21, the “National Day of Protest.”
The event also coincided with the 45th year of the Martial Law’s proclamation.
Supporters in Plaza Miranda
Supporters of President Duterte gathered in Plaza Miranda and occupied the open area in front of Quiapo Church, where the stage was set up before noon. The organizer, a board director of the Subic Bay Metropolitan, Benny Antiporda, said that the program expected to have 50,000 attendees.
The expected attendees are the supporters of President Duterte from North, South, and Central Luzon, specifically members from PDP-Laban Party, Kilusang Pagbabago, Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Luzon Watch, Friends of Rodrigo Duterte, and other different local governments.
Anti-Duterte Supporters Gather in Mendiola and Chino Roces Freedom Bridge
Meanwhile, anti-Duterte Protesters covered the area of España Boulevard fronting the University of Santo Tomas beginning 10 in the morning before proceeding to Mendiola or at the Chino Roces Freedom Bridge.
Bayan Muna, workers, and student groups occupied Mendiola since the morning. They are all expected to proceed to the Quirino Grandstand open area.
One particular group is Piston, who are protesting about the oil deregulation.
Protesting through Social Media
Netizens who cannot go to the rallies showed their support through photos.
The Facebook Page, A Hero’s Call, posted photos of Cosplayers holding different protest placards.
Did you join the rallies as well? Which side are you on?
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