Various groups set to stage rallies against drug war killings

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 20 2017 10:17 PM | Updated as of Aug 20 2017 11:51 PM

MANILA - Various groups are set to stage protests this week to express outrage in the recent spate killings under the administration's war on drugs. 

The string of rallies that will be held this week comes after the killing of 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos during an anti-drug police operation.

Before Delos Santos' death, there was also an outrage over the sudden spike of killings in police operations in Bulacan and Manila.

On Monday, Ninoy Aquino Day, Filipinos are urged to join the march for Delos Santos which starts from Sta. Quiteria Church in Baesa, Quezon City going to the exact place in Caloocan where the teen died. The march starts at around 4:30 p.m.

The main protest on Monday will be at the People Power Monument where various groups calling for a change of approach in the drug war will hold a program from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Outside Manila, protests will also be held in Metro Colon, Cebu City; and Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City. Both rallies aim to call for justice for Delos Santos' death. 

Another protest is also scheduled on August 23 at Camp Crame in Quezon City, while "Kapihan Against Dictatorship" will be held on August 26.

One of the organizers of Monday's protest told ABS-CBN News that the public's outrage on the recent killing under the drug war shows the people are not in agreement with the policy of the administration.

"This is not just about Kian but also to the thousands killed in this drug war," said the organizer who requested anonymity for security reasons.