Anticipating Protests, Duterte Plans Holiday on September 21

The Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is planning to declare a holiday on September 21 in Metropolitan Manila, reported Philippine daily Inquirer. Mass demonstrations are planned on the day against the excesses as part of the administration’s war on drugs. 

In an interview aired on state-run PTV4 on Thursday night, Duterte said that he is ordering a holiday as there’ll be riot if there’s a demonstration. He added that government offices and schools will not be working and protesters can occupy all public places they want.      

 

Though the President didn’t mention any specific date, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana clarified on Friday that he was referring to September 21. Presidential Palace has not yet issued any order on this.

Various groups have announced that they will be holding protest demonstrations on September 21 against the alleged extrajudicial killings, police abuses and human rights violations in the name of war on drugs. They accuse that Duterte is planning to declare nationwide martial law. The day also marks the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by former President Ferdinand Marcos.
 

Author: Kiran Paul   

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