Duterte supporters, critics converge in Mendiola

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 30 2016 11:38 AM

MANILA - Chants of support for and criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte erupted from various groups that assembled in Mendiola, Manila on Bonifacio Day.

Labor groups that marched from Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City lamented that the President has yet to keep his promise to abolish the unfair practice of contractualization.

Other activist groups meanwhile slammed the President for allowing the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

They also claimed that the President is showing his authoritarian leanings by befriending the Marcos family.

Anti-riot policemen, however, blocked Duterte's critics from approaching the Mendiola Peace Arch where the President's supporters were holding a program.

The protesters assembled instead along Legarda and Recto avenues.

Among those who showed support for Duterte was former Laguna Governor Emilio Ramon "ER" Ejercito.

As of 10 a.m., there are more administration supporters compared to critics.

More anti-Marcos groups, however, were already marching to Mendiola, as of posting time.

Policemen have lined up in anticipation of the activists' arrival.

Motorists were advised to avoid Mendiola and surrounding areas where traffic was already at a standstill.

-- With reports from Henry Atuelan, Dennis Datu and Alex Calda, DZMM; Pia Guttierez and Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News