IN PHOTOS: Celebrations, protests mark Independence Day 2019

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IN PHOTOS: Celebrations, protests mark Independence Day 2019
Government officials proudly raise the Philippine flag in celebration of 121 years of independence, while protesters angrily lift their placards to call for 'true freedom' in the country

MANILA, Philippines – In a stark visual contrast, celebrations and protests marked the commemoration of the Philippines’ 121st Independence Day on Wednesday, June 12.

On one hand, different local government units and key government officials proudly raised the Philippine flag in simultaneous flag-raising ceremonies across the country. On the other, protesters angrily raised their placards, calling for “true freedom” in the country.

Curiously, their call is similar with the one made by President Rodrigo Duterte in his Independence Day message, where he said he is hoping for true independence for the country “within our lifetimes.” 

The day started with the commemorative flag-raising ceremony that takes place each year at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite – the place where the Philippines’ independence was first declared. 

KAWIT, CAVITE. Various organizations join the celebration of 121st Independence Day at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite, on June 12, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

CALOOCAN CITY. Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, right, led the flag raising ceremonies at the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City. With him are Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan and Vice Mayor Macario Asistio III and other local officials. June 12, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LUNETA PARK, MANILA. The Philippine Coast Guard holds an open house at the South Harbor, showcasing the new motor boats and jet skis on Independence Day, June 12, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Various groups, meanwhile, staged several rallies across the country and raised their placards instead of flags to protest China’s growing presence in the country and the government’s stance on the disputed West Philippine Sea.

Below are some photos from the nationwide rallies:

CAVITE. Policemen apprehend protesters during the celebration of 121st Independence Day at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

MAKATI. Various youth and student groups rally at the Chinese Consulate in Makati City on Independence Day to uphold national sovereignty as China continues to occupy the disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by John Philip Bravo/Rappler

MAKATI. Bobby Roldan, Pamalakaya Central Luzon, discusses the struggles of Filipino fisherfolk in a rally held in Makati on Wednesday, June 12. Photo by Arlan Jondonero/Rappler

CEBU. Progressive groups burn the flags of the United States and China in front of Metro Colon in Cebu City during the Independence Day protest on Wednesday, June 12. Photo by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler

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