President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is expected to celebrate and lead the 121st Independence Day of the Philippines in Malabang, Lanao del Sur today, June 15.
“There must be some special reason, and I’m sure he will say that in his speech,” Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said on Tuesday during a press briefing.
In 2018, the chief executive led the Independence Day rites in Kawit, Cavite wherein a small group of anti-Duterte supporters slipped into the crowd and cause a momentary distraction during his speech at the balcony of the house of former President Emilio Aguinaldo in Kawit.
The group was caught chanting and yelling repeatedly words “Duterte Traydor” and “Huwad na Kalayaan” while the President is about to address his speech. According to the police, there are around 10 activists, mostly youth, that are present during the event before they’ve been shoved away from the audience.
In a recent memorandum, BARMM local governments minister Naguib Sinarimbo enjoined the provincial governor, vice governor, city and municipal mayors, and vice mayors in the province to attend celebrations at the 6th Infantry “Redskin” Batallion headquarters at the 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division, Philippine Army in Malabang.
On the other hand, Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo will be joined by outgoing Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada during the Independence Day flag-raising and wreath-laying in Rizal Park in Manila today.