MANILA, Philippines – From Luzon to Mindanao, various youth groups and human rights organizations staged protests and other activities on Thursday, September 21 –proof that the “national day of protest” is not only exclusive to Metro Manila.
In Metro Manila, supporters and critics of President Rodrigo Duterte engaged in a chant battle at the Mendiola Peace Arch. Thousands also joined the protest organized by the Movement Against Tyranny at the Luneta Park.
Thousands of miles away, overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) observed the particular dark chapter in Philippine history through protests in their respective host countries.
Across the country, protesters carried the same message: “We will never again allow Martial Law.”
Despite the cold weather intensified by the rain, students and militant groups marched along Session Road in Baguio City to condemn the late strongman Marcos and his declaration of Martial Law 45 years ago.
In the Bicol region, protesters also took to the streets to remind the people of Martial Law under Marcos. Activities were held in Legaspi in Albay and Naga in Camarines Sur, home to Vice President Leni Robredo.
Residents of Cebu City, the Queen CIty of the South, made sure they were well represented in the nationwide protest.
Several sectoral groups joined the protest at Metro Colon. Organizers claimed that no one was forced nor persuaded to join the activity.
Xavier Ateneo in Cagayan de Oro City observed the 45th anniversary of a Martial Law through a more solemn approach but still carrying the same message: the fight for human rights and a stronger justice system, and the goal to attain peace.
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