Malacañang has merely shrugged off the inter-faith rally scheduled on Independence Day calling for the lifting of the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

In a press release Sunday (June 11), Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella stated the rally, dubbed because the National Day of Prayer and Action for Peace and Human Rights, “shows how vibrant democracy is in the Philippines.”

Abella stated Duterte will “defend to the death” what folks wish to say even when he might not agree with them.

“This right includes the right to air people’s grievances, including opposition to the proclamation of martial law in the whole island of Mindanao,” he stated.

The rally, which is anticipated to be attended by opposition personalities and human rights advocates, will likely be held on the Andres Bonifacio Shrine beside the Manila City Hall.

Among the personalities anticipated on the occasion are members of the House of Representatives’ so-called Makabayan bloc, militant teams like Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) and National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL), and artists like Mae “Juana Change” Paner and Maria Isabel Lopez.