Pres. Duterte Declares Sept. 21 as National Day of Protest Day
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte clarified that on September 21, the day that marks the 45th anniversary of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ martial law nationwide, was not declared as a holiday.
Pres. Duterte was merely declaring September 21, Thursday, as “National Day of Protest,” which will allow any Filipino citizens to demonstrate mass protests all throughout the country. “September 21 is not a holiday. I have declared it as a [National] Day of Protest. Lahat ng gustong mag protests against the government, police, military and everyone, come down here and launch a rally,” the President said after his wake visit to a policeman who died in a anti-drug operation in Caloocan City.
“Even us in the government, I will also protest because we have meager salary. We don’t have equipment. We don’t have allowance. Let’s all stage massive protests,” he added.