MANILA - Demonstrators on Monday slammed rampant killings and the spike of prices of basic goods under President Rodrigo Duterte's administration, ahead of his third State of the Nation Address.
Scores of militants have converged at the University of the Philippines-Diliman and Philcoa in Quezon City, some waving banners with the slogan, "Oust Duterte."
They will march towards the Batasan Pambansa, where Duterte will deliver his SONA around 4 p.m.
Over 4,000 have been killed under Duterte's anti-narcotics drive after allegedly resisting arrest.
Several local officials were also gunned down by unidentified assassins. Earlier this month, Mayor Antonio Halili of Tanauan, Batangas; Mayor Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija and Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan of Trece Martires, Cavite were shot dead in broad daylight attacks.
The tax reform law, meanwhile, took effect on Jan. 1, raising duties on fuel, cars, and sugar-sweetened drinks to offset a reduction in personal income tax rates.