MANILA - Some 350 foreign activists have arrived in Manila to hold protests next week during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Summit.
Among the noted activist leaders currently in the country is Leila Khaled from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The Palestinian liberation fighter gained internal renown after a series of plane hijackings in the late 1960's and 70's, including the hijacking of TWA Flight 840 in 1969.
International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS) secretary general Malcolm Guy is also in the country, together with ILPS vice president Lee Cooper.
Guy, who also works as a film director and producer, said the APEC meeting will only benefit the elite which comprise 1% of the world population.
The foreign activists, who have been prohibited by the Philippine government to hold street rallies, are unfazed with the threat of deportation.
Some indigenous peoples from different parts of Mindanao also said they will picket during the APEC leaders' meeting because they want President Aquino to hear them, and because they were taught that the APEC was not good for them.
Former President Fidel V. Ramos also advised the government to prepare for all possible worst-case scenarios during Manila's hosting of the APEC gathering, including protest movements. With a report from Dennis Datu, radio dzMM.