MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines might see the biggest protest yet since President Rodrigo Duterte took office on June 30 this year.
The Christmas day rally to be held at the Luneta Park (Rizal Park) will dwarf previous anti-Duterte rallies, including those that protested the burial of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani (National Heroes Cemetery).
Organizers of the all-day Christmas day event told The Adobo Chronicles that they will protest recent announcements by the Duterte administration such as free medicines and free hospitalization for poor Filipinos, free irrigation for farmers, as well as free tuition at state colleges and universities.
“No past president of the Philippines has ever attempted to implement these atrocious policies,” the protest leaders said, “and we won’t allow a former mayor of a city in Mindanao to use our taxpayer money to benefit millions of Filipinos. It’s just not right.”
Retired entertainers Leah Navarro, Cynthia Patag and Jim Paredes are the co-chairs of the Christmas day protest. Blogger Raissa Robles has been designated as the official spokesperson of the group. The event will be covered live by GMA-7, ABS-CBN, the Inquirer and CNN International.
So if you’re not doing anything on Christmas day, we suggest you make a leisurely trip to Luneta.