Cebu militants hold anti-Duterte rallies

Published July 23, 2018, 4:27 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Calvin Cordova

CEBU CITY – At least 200 rallyists gathered in two key places on Monday to express their dismay with the administration of President Duterte.

Activist groups from Central Visayas protest on Monday infront of Police Regional Office-7 Camp Sergio Osmena and in Colon St. for the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte on July 23, 2018. ( Juan Carlo de Vela/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Activist groups from Central Visayas protest on Monday infront of Police Regional Office-7 Camp Sergio Osmena and in Colon St. for the State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte on July 23, 2018. ( Juan Carlo de Vela/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Members of Sanlakas first held a protest rally at Osmeña Boulevard and expressed their opposition to the planned construction of coal-fired plants in the country.

Members of Bayan and other militant groups, on the other hand, marched from the Cebu Provincial Capitol to Police Regional Office-Central Visayas Headquarters before holding a rally in downtown Colon Street.

Jaime Paglinawan, chairman of Bayan – Central Visayas, said the group is giving the Duterte administration a “two thumbs down” grade.

Paglinawan said the President has several promises that remain unfulfilled such as ending illegal contractualization.

Bayan also criticized Duterte for implementing the TRAIN law.

Paglinawan said the law caused prices of basic commodities to soar.

The militant groups also expressed their sentiments against the proposed shift to federalism.

Similar protests were also held in Toledo City, southern Cebu and in the northern town of Bantayan.

The series of protests were part of the country-wide United People’s SONA rally, Paglinawan said.

 
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