IN PHOTOS: From Luzon to Mindanao, a day of protest vs return of martial law


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IN PHOTOS: From Luzon to Mindanao, a day of protest vs return of martial law
Various groups observe the 45th anniversary of Martial Law around the country

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.

CHALK ART. Student organizations in UP Baguio stage a chalk art and human installation protest. Photo by Gelo Medina

UP BAGUIO. Despite the freezing weather, students from the University of the Philippines - Baguio troop to Session Road to participate in the nationwide protest marking the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Gelo Medina

SESSION ROAD. Students from the University of the Philippines Baguio bring their protest to Session Road. Their message is clear: Never again to Martial Law. Photo by Gelo Medina

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.

LEGAZPI PROTEST. Protesters in Legazpi, Albay, stage a protest in front of the PNP Regional Office 5. Photo by Twitter user @totoongtope

NAGA. Protesters give out pamphlets to passing vehicles. Photo by Miguel Imperial/Rappler

FIGHT DICTATORSHIP. Alex Guerro of the League of Filipino Students lead the chants during the protest. Photo by Miguel Imperial/Rappler


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.DIVERSE. Several groups join the protest held at the Metro Colon, Cebu. Photo by Jumjum Ouano/Rappler

CEBUANOS. Members of the Movement Against Tyranny (MAT) hold a picket rally in front of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR-7) office in Cebu City as they condemn the P1,000 budget that was given to the agency. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

VISAYAS REPRESENT. Cebuanos join the nationwide activities marking the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

CEBU PROTEST. Various groups join the national day of protest in Cebu. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler


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.

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Students and groups in Xavier University honor Martial Law victims and those who fought against the Marcos dictatorship. Photo by Angelo Lorenzo  CAGAYAN DE ORO. Students and groups at Xavier University hold a solemn ceremony to observe the martial law anniversary. Photo by Angelo Lorenzo

– Rappler.com

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