Activists braved strong rains to gather at Liwasang Bonifacio to slam the Rodrigo Duterte government’s failure to assert Philippine independence and sovereignty against foreign powers.
Saying the Duterte government is all too willing to offer parts of Philippine territory, the protesters added it is up to the Filipino people to continue the fight for genuine independence.
Speakers from various groups and organizations also presented a litany of Duterte’s crimes against the Filipino people.
Activist groups from all over the country marched to the United States embassy in Manila on the 119th Philippine Independence Day celebrations to demand for the pull out of foreign soldiers.
Groups led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said there is no genuine independence in the Philippines as long as foreign intervention is present in the country.
The activists also scored US military presence in the ongoing battle in Marawi City between government troops and ISIS-supported Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups. (Videography by Ivan Dexter Tolentino, Jola Mamangun and Esther Anne Cabrillas / Editing by Jo Maline D. Mamangun) Read more
As it commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Senate vote rejecting an extension of the US-Philippine Military Bases Treaty, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration that foreign soldiers must leave Mindanao.
Watch highlights of today’s protest action at the US Embassy.