Duterte supporters launch rallies in key Mindanao cities

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 25 2017 07:43 PM | Updated as of Feb 25 2017 11:45 PM

Rallies organized by groups supporting President Rodrigo Duterte were launched in Davao, Zamboanga and Butuan cities on Saturday.

In Zamboanga City, supporters went on a motorcade before gathering for a so-called peace rally along RT Lim Boulevard in the afternoon.

They said they will continue to back Duterte's campaigns against illegal drugs and government corruption.

They also said they will fight Duterte's critics and whoever disrespects him, adding that they support the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima on drug-related charges.

In Davao City, supporters clad in red and blue shirts assembled at Rizal Park and denounced talk calling for the ouster of Duterte because of his campaigns against illegal drugs and corruption.

In Butuan City, pro-Duterte supporters clad in red and blue shirts, some coming from Agusan del Sure, launched a freedom rally at Guingona Park. 

Rallies were also organized in various areas in Caraga Region.

— With reports from Charmane Awitan, Ara Casas