More than a thousand demonstrators have gathered in Manila despite the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions to denounce a new controversial anti-terrorism bill on Friday, June 12. Reportedly, demonstrators are gathered outside the main campus of the University of the Philippines and are maintaining social distancing and wearing masks. The bill is due to be signed by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and would grant the state arbitrary powers including the ability to carry out arrests without having warrants. The demonstrations coincide with the 122nd anniversary of Philippine independence from Spanish rule.
Further associated protests are likely in Manila and other areas in the near term.
Individuals in Manila are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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