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LOOK: Protesters hold program near CHR office before ‘People’s Sona’

/ 01:08 PM July 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Militant groups have converged near the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) office along Commonwealth Avenue prior to the holding of their “United People’s Sona” at the St. Peter’s Parish in the afternoon.

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INQUIRER.net photo / Gabriel Pabico Lalu

According to the official numbers coming from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) as of 2:06 p.m., more than 5,200 members of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Anakbayan, Anakpawis, Bayan Muna, Concerned Artists of the Philippines, Gabriela and Kabataan joined together and occupied three lanes of the road.

INQUIRER.net photo / Gabriel Pabico Lalu

Parties allied with President Rodrigo Duterte, numbering 3,380, also held their own demonstrations, police said.

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INQUIRER.net photo / Gabriel Pabico Lalu

Anti-administration demonstrators brought with them several effigies, placards and other protest materials to convey their demands, asking the government to uphold sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea, better labor conditions, and an end to the bloody war on drugs.

INQUIRER.net photo / Gabriel Pabico Lalu

The protesters also braved the heavy downpour and stood their ground along Commonwealth Avenue.

Photo by Cathrine Gonzales/INQUIRER.net

The United People’s Sona will take place at 3 p.m., before Duterte delivers his fourth State of the Nation Address. /jpv

INQUIRER.net photo / Gabriel Pabico Lalu

INQUIRER.net photo / Gabriel Pabico Lalu

Protesters burn flags of China and the United States during a rally at the CHR office in Quezon City. Photo by Cathrine Gonzales/INQUIRER.net

Kadamay rally in front of NHA. INQUIRER.net photo / Gabriel Pabico Lalu

INQUIRER.net photo / Gabriel Pabico Lalu

INQUIRER.net photo / Gabriel Pabico Lalu

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