September 18, 2017- President Rodrigo Duterte suspends classes in public schools and work in government offices to give way for the protests that will be held on September 21, 2017 (Thursday) nationwide.
On the other hand, President Duterte emphasized that it is not a holiday but a ‘Day of Protest.’
“September 21 is not a holiday. I have declared it as a ‘Day of Protest.’ All those who want to protest against the government, the police, everyone…you go down and protest,” said Duterte.
The protests will be on the day of the 45th anniversary of the Martial Law’s declaration in the country.
Various groups nationwide will be protesting against war on drugs and alleged human rights abuses under Duterte’s administration.
President Duterte added that he will allow protests on Thursday but the protesters should make sure that they will not commit any kind of crimes including vandalism and hostile acts.
Reported by: Chloe Anne Bual and Francia Kaye Uyvico