Progressive groups led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) held a rally in front of the United States Embassy in Manila last October 4 to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to stop the joint US-Philippines military exercises and patrol over some portions of the South China Sea.
Duterte announced after his return from his recent Vietnam trip that he will no longer allow the joint exercises and patrol after the next one scheduled later this month.
At the rally, the activists said that it is in fact the US which violates Philippine sovereignty the most.
They said it is encouraging that the Duterte government is standing up against US military presence in the Philippines. (Newsreel and featured image by Divine Miranda)