QUEZON CITY - A dance protest was held in front of the Balintawak Market Wednesday as students expressed their disgust over the controversial burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos.
Clad in black shirts with red handkerchiefs wrapped around their necks ala Katipuneros, members of the Sandigan para sa Mag-aaral at Sambayanan (SAMASA) waved placards bearing anti-Marcos messages: "Marcos hindi bayani," "Soli nyo nakaw nyo," "Hustisya," and "Hukayin" as they danced to a medley of tunes.
The dance protest was followed by a mannequin challenge wherein the protesters' poses were all related to the revolution led by Andres Bonifacio.
"The dance protest and mannequin challenge was used as a form of protest because they represent the youth and that's how the millennials can relate to what's happening in our society these days," protester Prince Darryle Cali said.
The mass action ended with a minute-long noise barrage as a group of policemen and traffic enforcers looked on.
Police escorted the protesters away from the areas as they proceeded towards the Boy Scout Monument in Timog Avenue.
The youth activists said they are unfazed by President Rodrigo Duterte's comment that human rights activists may also be killed as they contribute to the growing number of drug dependents.
"Hindi ako natatakot. Karapatan ko po ang magpahayag," Cali said.
(I am not afraid. It is my right to express my thoughts.)
Palace officials downplayed Duterte's pronouncement against human rights advocates, saying that it was not a veiled threat.
"There's no threat at all. His statement last Monday was just another frustration in his difficulty in running the country," Presidential Communications Office Assistant Secretary Michel Kristian Ablan said.