During the 122nd Independence Day commemoration held by a group of less than 20 people at the De La Salle University campus in Manila, scores of government authorities showed up at the venue, reportedly prompting the institution’s Brothers to come out on rare occasion.
Former Quezon representative Erin Tañada took to social media about the incident.
Tañada posted: “Here at DLSU Taft…when the program started, there were 40 [Philippine National Police] in fatigues that appeared at the gates. Thank you DLSU for fighting for what is right.”
Like the day’s other demonstrations, the group was protesting the controversial anti-terrorism bill awaiting action from President Rodrigo Duterte before being signed into law, passed into law upon inaction for 30 days, or vetoed completely or in part.
The PNP said the Independence Day public activities were “generally peaceful” and in accordance with minimum health standards. No arrests were made.