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Duterte critics, supporters stage rallies near Palace

Supporters and critics of President Duterte merged at Mendiola in Manila on Bonifacio Day as the opposing groups chanted their respective issues for and against the President’s policies.

Human rights, labor and other cause-oriented groups that marched from Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City criticized Duterte for reneging on his promise to end the unfair practice of contractualization.

Other progressive groups also lambasted the President for allowing the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB).

They slammed him for showing his authoritarian leanings by befriending the Marcos family.

Anti-riot policemen prevented Duterte’s critics from reaching the Mendiola Peace Arch where the President’s supporters were holding a program.

The protesters assembled instead along Legarda and Recto Avenues.

Former Laguna Governor Emilio Ramon “ER’’ Ejercito showed up in the rally and vowed his support to Duterte.

Policemen line up as more anti-Marcos groups were heading towards Mendiola.

Traffic in the area was virtually at a standstill as the crowd of pro and anti-administration groups start to arrive in droves.

Meanwhile, the government vowed to implement a maximum tolerance policy towards groups involved in street protests against the controversial burial of Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery.

Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Kristian Ablan said the Palace respects the right of these groups to voice their sentiments on Bonifacio Day.

“We respect the right to assemble and freedom of speech of all citizens and so Malacañang respects the protest actions being organized today, Bonifacio Day and of course as instructed to authorities to exercise maximum tolerance,” Ablan said during a Palace news conference. (with a report from Genalyn Kabiling) (CHITO CHAVEZ)

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  • Francisco G.

    Itong mga nagrarally against kay tatay digong di ko makuha kung ano ba pinaglalaban nito o sadyang binabayara ang mga ito para lang manggulo! Buksan nyo nga mga mata nyo!

    • Cynth P.

      Oo nga eh! wala namang naiaambag ang mga yan sa ating bayan na maganda! Puro lang naman panggugulo ang alam!

  • Justine Lo

    KakaHigh-Blood tong mga millennials na nagrarally laban kay tatay digong! May mga trabaho na ba kayo? Kung nag aaral nalang kaya kayo para naman makapagtapos kayo! Masyadong nakikisawsaw sa mga bagay na wala naman silang alam! Go lang po Tatay digong!

  • Cath Turman

    Dapat pinag babato na yang dutae na yan eh!

    • Henry N.

      kung ikaw kaya ang pagbabatuhin namin!

  • bornok

    ilapit a samalakanyan para kalampagin at pataobin ang pangulo

    • kevin–kevz

      manahimik ka saksakan ka naman nga ng pangit!

  • mariel

    di nyo naman matitinag ang adming duterte

  • paula

    di natayo dapat mabahala dyan ang importante yung tinututukan ang bansa at inaasikaso sa pagunlad!

  • joyce

    ginagalang kayo ng pdu30 sa mga ginagawa nyo kasi alam nya lahat tayo ay may kanya kanyang kalayaan ipahayag ang ating mga damdamin,

  • M-M

    ok lang mag rally basta wlang gulo

  • Miky

    gawin nyo na gusto nyo hindi nyo kaya si tatay digong

  • danes salvador

    oust na yan si dugong!!

    • Cass_anton

      mukha mo nalang ang baklsin mo!

    • cashio

      ikaw na lang ang palayasin wla ka rin nman naitutulong eh!

    • tom@sison

      manahimik ka wala ka naman na alam!

  • Alexandra (diwata)

    dapt sa dutae na yan palayasin na hindi naman yan maaasahan!.

  • clarisse ;)

    kasi hindi niyo naman kailangan na magrally pa nag-aaksaya lang kayo ng oras dapt bukas ang mga kaisipan niyo sa nangyayari ngayon dapt matuto kayo makiayon sa desisyon ng pangulo

  • mike

    gawin nyo na gusto nyo hindi nyo kaya si tatay digong,

  • narvaez

    hindi niyo naman mapapabgsaka ang pangulo

  • maryann

    itigl na dapt yan magkaisa na lang dapt

  • kevin bunga_nga

    dapt kasi mging open minded ang mga kabtaan at wag ng makisali pa sa gulo

  • lanielyn

    hindi kayo mag tatagumpay sa paninira ky digong.

  • Van Kevin

    wag ng patulan ang mga yan.

    • Ron Sevilla

      walang silbi ang presidente nyo.

      • jhay_jack

        mas wala kang silbi,salot kpa sa lipunan.

  • marilou dado

    bigyan natin si duterte ng pagkakataon na gampanan nya ng mabuti ang kanyang tungkulin.tama na sa paninira saknya.