Activists and political opponents of Duterte held rallies on Thursday

Rallies from all the Filipino sectors

 Rallies were held on Thursdayto warn against a dictatorship under the very popular President Deuterte (as what they see him) . The rallies inculded many sectors of the Filipno society and agencies;  ordinary people, church leaders, businessmen, and Politicians,They were accusing Deuterte abusing his power in a way similar to the late Ferdinand Marcos. Also the vice president joined the masses held in the University of the Philippines. UP is known to be a host for activism.

Vice President Joined the rally

Vice President; Robredo, said Filipinos born after the Marcos should recognize signs of “rising tyranny”.
“If we do not remember the past, we are condemned to repeat it,” – “Sadly those who are deceived do not even know that they are walking a doomed path.”

Duterte’s admiration of marshal Law declared by Marcos

He declared martial law in 1972, a year ahead of elections in which he was ineligible to run, and held power for 14 years until his removal in a bloodless, army-backed “people’s power” uprising. He abolished democratic institutions and was accused of killing, torturing and “disappearing” thousands of opponents. Duterte has expressed admiration for Marcos several times and his fiercest critics are alarmed by the former mayor’s autocratic rhetoric and his disdain for those who oppose him. However, many millions are drawn to Duterte’s down-to-earth style, his decisiveness and his imperfections, and see him as a champion of ordinary Filipinos and the country’s best hope for the long overdue change that presidents from the political elite failed to bring. Duterte declared Thursday a holiday for government workers and schools to give them a chance to protest against him. Several thousand demonstrators took the opportunity to gather separately to show their support for him.

 

What wer the rallies for?

The anti-Duterte demonstrators were not rallying in the same place or around a single issue. Some denounced his ferocious war on drugs that has killed thousands of Filipinos, while others railed against what they see as his cozy relationship with the still-powerful Marcos family. Others complained about his pro-China stance, his threats to impose martial law nationwide and destruction in southern Marawi City by air strikes targeting Islamist militants, using US military bombs and technical support. “The people have not forgotten and will not allow a repeat of Marcosian rule,” said Renato Reyes, leader of the leftist Bayan (Nation) group. Reyes decried widespread human rights violations under the government’s “fascist” war on drugs, and for letting the US military involvement in Philippine security issues. Demonstrators also planned to burn an effigy of Duterte on a throne, modeled on the evil character “Night King” in the popular television series “Game of Thrones”.

Day of National Protest

President Rodrigo Duterte declared September 21, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, as a Day of National Protest in anticipation of mass actions, and suspended work in government offices and in public schools across the country.

 

 

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