At least 50,000 supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte are expected to attend the pro-administration rally set in Plaza Miranda in Manila.
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) board member Benny Antiporda, one of the organizers, said the rally is meant to reiterate their support to Duterte.
“Nasa 50,000 yung nakikita natin na darating based on pledges ng mga kaibigan. And just to set the record straight, wala itong, ako isa sa mga organizer, wala akong taga Subic na inimbita dito, yung taga SBMA,” he said.
“Wala kaming tauhan na darating dito, na sinasabi nila na nagholiday kami para pumunta dito, wala. Yung administrador namin, yung mga kasama kong direktor hindi alam ‘to,” he added.
“Ano to pangsarili ko lang ‘to, ang inimbita ko yung mga kaibigan ko lang na alam kong sumusuporta through Facebook of course kaya darating sila,” he said.
Antiporda said the rally was supposed to be staged in Luneta. However, in order to avoid clashes ,they decided to hold it in Plaza Miranda.
“Pero ito po ginawa ko para hindi mangaway … ginawa ko to para lang ipakita na maraming nagmamahal sa Pangulo natin,” he said.
“Pagpapakita ng suporta sa mga adhikain ng Pangulo. Actually walang plano to biglaan ‘to kasi we cannot take things sitting down na panonoorin kang sila na balahurain ang ating Pangulo na mas alam naman natin na mas marami ang natutuwa sa nangyayari kaysa roon sa ngumangawa,” Antiporda told reporters.
“Iilan lang yung ngumangawa kaysa sa natutuwa dahil yung survey lang nakikita naman natin kung ano ang totoo eh,” he added.
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Antiporda said the movement is also to show support to the campaign against illegal drugs.
“Again it’s our fight against drugs. Ito pagpapakita ng suporta na ituloy ang laban sa droga,” he said.
“Laban tayo para matigil na yang problema natin sa droga and at the same time hindi ginawa tong rally na to para kumontra kundi para ipaalam sa tao na ito yung mayorya. Tunay na mayorya na natutuwa kaysa yung iilang mayorya na ngumangawa,” he added.
Government officials are also expected to attend the rally but Antiporda only named Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.
Duterte earlier declared September 21, 2017 as a National Day of Protest as he has acknowledged people’s fear of Martial Law.
Duterte said he is “in solidarity with the people’s call against all excesses and shortcomings of the government, and with the people’s desire to uphold the highest standards of integrity, efficiency and accountability in government.”
Various groups will launch protest actions in Metro Manila and other parts of the country against Duterte’s war against illegal drugs, alleged extrajudicial killings and the military rule in Mindanao.
Malacañang earlier announced work is suspended in the Executive branch of government, local government units while classes are suspended in public schools at all levels, including state-and LGU- universities And colleges/technical And vocational schools.