President Rodrigo Duterte is contemplating declaring September 21 a holiday in anticipation of the huge protests to be staged by leftist and different civil society teams.
In an interview over state-run PTV-Four Thursday (September 14), Duterte stated rallyists can occupy any space they want however he doesn’t need anybody to be harm.
“This early, I am announcing that I am ordering a holiday para walang masaktan, walang ano kung may demonstration diyan, magkagulo. Walang trabaho ang gobyerno ‘yang araw na ‘yan at ang klase suspended,” he stated.
While Duterte didn’t point out a date, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana stated the proposed holiday might be on September 21, the 45th anniversary of dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of martial regulation.
“Pagka magkaroon ng massive rally sa Maynila at it might inconvenience the public, para hindi, di ko na lang sila papasukin. I will declare sa mga opisina,” Lorenzana quoted Duterte as saying.
Movement Against Tyranny, an opposition group, will maintain a rally at Luneta Park on September 21.
Several teams are additionally anticipated their very own protests in opposition to Duterte in different areas.