Multiple rallies were staged as the nation commemorates its 120th Independence Day.
At the Bahay ng Alumni at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, the ‘Tindig Pilipinas’ held a general assembly which was attended by politicians and well-known personalities.
Present during the said assembly were Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano and Sen. Antonio Trillanes; known Duterte administration critics’ Leah Navarro and Jim Paredes, and former Cabinet Secretaries Dinky Soliman and Ging Deles.
During the general assembly, they talked about the controversies haunting the current administration, including the TRAIN Law, war against illegal drugs, judicial independence and President Rodrigo Duterte’s alleged misogynistic trait.
The Kilusang Mayo Uno decided to stage their protest in front of the Chinese Embassy.
The group condemns the Duterte administration for allegedly selling the country’s sovereignty to foreigners in exchange of their support to an administration known for its anti-laborer.
The Independence Day protest is a result of the current administration’s alleged lack of action amid the Chinese coastguard’s presence at the Scarborough Shoal.
Meanwhile, at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila, the #BABAEaKO movement staged the “Hindipendence Day” rally as a protest against the president.
Attending the said event were members from the Gabriela, calling for the president’s resignation after his “no malice” kiss to a female OFW during his visit in South Korea.
Tension ensued in the area after the supporters of President Duterte tried to pacify the anti-Duterte rallyists.