Tacloban City – Several groups of people from different walks of life protested against President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration this September 21, 2017 at the street of Avenida Rizal as the country also commemorates  the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

The group of protesters from Bayan Sinirangan Visayas
Second group of protesters at Avenida Rizal Street of Tacloban CIty

The protest was organized by different groups namely Bayan Sinirangan Visayas, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Filipino, San Lakas, Laban ng Masa, and the University of the Philippines Student Council, not only the militants, but people from different places also came to join the protest.

The Bayan Sinirangan Visayas was fighting for equality on human rights and have also expressed that the victims of extrajudicial killings should have a due process of law especially the poor.

“There is no investigation for the poor who are victims in President Duterte’s war on drugs but when it comes to Nicanor Faeldon who’s responsible for smuggling 6.4 billion pesos worth of drugs or President Duterte’s son who’s responsible of smuggling billion worth of drugs as well, there are investigations, there are defenses” said Joshua Sagdullas, spokesperson of Bayan Sinirangan Visayas. The group rallied from 1pm to 3:30pm.

Joshua Sagdullas, spokesperson of Bayan Sinirangan Visayas

 

Another group protested against Martial Law and extrajudicial killings. They have expressed that the Martial Law should never be forgotten and that it should never happen again.

Sir Larry Pascua of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Filipino

“Bukod sa pagmamayabang niya na ibabalik niya ang Martial Law, araw araw may nakikita tayong patayan, araw araw may mga kabataang napapaslang, at araw araw wala man lang tayong nakikitang regress o pagsisisi kung bakit ang mga kabataang ito ay di nabigyan ng proteksyon ng pamahalaan. Kung hindi nagagalang ang karapatang pangtao, paano na ang maliliit na katulad natin?” said Larry Pacua, member of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Filipino.

“Marcos! Duterte! walang pinag iba! Parehong patista pumapatay sila!” was the people’s chant as they continue to protest against the current administration. The group started rallying from 4:30pm to 6pm.

A protester holding a placard saying that President Duterte and Marcos are just the same.
Children holding pictures of people who were killed during the Martial Law.
Lighting the candles under the pictures of the victims during the Martial Law.

Despite the protests, Joshua Sagdullas is still hopeful that there will be a big change and that people will come into realization.

“I am hopeful that the Filipino people will come to realize what they are really capable of. The Filipino has a rich history in revolution and this revolution has often times have been placed into good use. It is time that we once again reverberate this historic rule of ours to take down and to topple down dictatorship, oppressors and invaders in order to reassure once again our right as a sovereign Filipino people with basic human dignity and create a just and humane society,” Joshua Sagdullas said, spokesperson of Bayan Sinirangan Visayas.

 

Reported by: Francia Kaye Uyvico and Chloe Anne Bual

// F.K.U & C.A.B

Credits Pictures: Dennise Lelis