MANILA - Left-leaning groups met no barricade or resistance from policemen as they marched to Batasan Pambansa in Quezon City, where President Duterte will deliver his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.
In Commonwealth Avenue and IBP Road, policemen merely looked on as thousands of protesters approached the House of Representatives building.
Gone, too, were the container vans, barbed wire and firetrucks that deterred militants from mounting rallies during SONAs under the previous administrations.
Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes earlier said that for the first time, no effigies will be burnt and no anti-administration rally will be held during Duterte's SONA.
Bayan: No effigy, no anti-gov't protest in Duterte's first SONA
He added that while there will be a rally, it will only be a show of support for the new administration.
Reyes said militants will also hold a program in the vicinity of Batasan at 12 p.m.
The President is expected to deliver his first SONA at 4 p.m. today.
Watch the live stream of the historic speech at news.abs-cbn.com/live. -- Report from Dennis Datu, DZMM