Various groups gear up for tomorrow’s massive demonstration


MANILA, Philippines — Different groups are busy with preparations for the “National Day of Protest” tomorrow.

The movement coincides with the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by former President Ferdinand Marcos.

In Sitio Sandugo in Quezon City, participants are finishing effigies and other materials they will use for tomorrow.

Victor, the artist of the group Ugat-Lahi, assigned to handle one of the protest highlights, created a unique effigy.

One of the highlights of the protest tomorrow is the burning of effigies. For this particular demonstration, militant groups created a huge Rubik’s cube, and on each side of the cube are the faces of various personalities. Like this one, it has the face of Hitler and on this side is the face of President Rodrigo Duterte. Militant groups said all the faces represent the characteristics of a dictator.

“Basically, it’s concept is Rubik’s cube. But we named it Rudy’s cube after Rodrigo Duterte,” said artist Victor Flores.

Also participating in the massive demonstration are Bangsamoro groups.

They are complaining against the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, the alleged state-sponsored killings, and the military’s conduct of airstrikes in Marawi City.

“We will make President Duterte pay for his violations of human rights, and pillage of our inherited land and territory,”  said Sandugo Co-Chairperson Datu Jerome Succor Aba.

A number of students will also join in tomorrow’s protest.

They want to express their opposition over the spread of fake news and what they claim as improper treatment of the government to the rights of the youth.

The militant group Bayan, meanwhile, is strictly monitoring reports that someone will cause turmoil in the National Day of Protest so the president can use it as a basis for declaring martial law in the entire country.

“Don’t play dirty tactics, and destroy a legitimate and peaceful protest of the public,” said Movement Against Tyranny Convenor Cristina Palabay.

Meanwhile, over a hundred policemen will be deployed to monitor various protests sites and to prevent violence from erupting between anti and pro-Duterte groups.

Cops are not allowed to bring firearms and are ordered to observe maximum tolerance during the entire day of protest.

“Our CDM will have no firearm. They have helmets, and body shield because as per experience during this kind of protest, our militant brothers and sisters turn violent, and we don’t why,” said NCRP chief, PDir. Oscar Albayalde.

The PNP said everyone is allowed to hold a protest tomorrow even without a permit in accordance with the instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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