Thousands protest Philippine president’s annual speech

Protesters march as they hold a rally at the University of the Philippines against the 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, July 27, 2020 in Metro Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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UPDATED 7:54 AM PT — Monday, July 27, 2020

Thousands of people in the Philippines protested against Rodrigo Duterte ahead of his annual speech. Around 2,000 Filipino’s defied police threats by continuing to hold a demonstration against the country’s president in Manila on Monday.

Key issues brought up by the demonstrators included an anti-terror law, which critics have said is aimed towards Duterte’s opponents, and the shut down of a news channel this month. This came after the outlet was was critical of the president.

75-year old Duterte is expected to highlight the actions his administration have taken in the face of COVID-19.

“Some people went out because they recognized the need to be present, to be physically be here in the streets to express their sentiments,” stated Renato Reyes, a protest leader. “…There is a pandemic, there is a severed economic crisis, but the government is prioritizing repressive measures like the terror law, the shut down of a broadcast network contributed to unemployment.”

The speech will be President Duterte’s fifth state of the nation address.

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