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12 Jun 2020 | 03:18 AM UTC

Philippines: Nationwide gatherings organized June 12

Philippines News Alert

Independence Day rallies and protests against the Anti-Terrorism Act bill to occur nationwide on June 12; avoid all demonstrations and political gatherings

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/12/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/13/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Manila). COUNTRY/REGION Philippines


Multiple groups are calling on supporters to gather for "mañanita" demonstrations nationwide to coincide with Independence Day celebrations on Friday, June 12. Reports indicate that participants will be celebrating the country's Independence Day, protesting the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 which was passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 3, and some will also be denouncing the government's allegedly inadequate response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Recent demonstrations against the Anti-Terrorism Act bill have seen activists arrested. According to media sources, the Department of Justice has banned the rallies for public health reasons.

Reports suggest that mañanita rallies and activities have been scheduled in several locations including:

Additional protest rallies and Independence Day celebrations are to be expected in Cagayan Valley and Bacolod City, as well as across the country. A heightened security presence should also be expected and clashes cannot be ruled out between security forces and protesters.


Individuals in Philippines are advised to monitor developments, avoid all demonstrations and political gatherings, anticipate a heightened security presence near protest sites, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.


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