'Traydor!' Hecklers disrupt Duterte's Independence Day speech

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Posted at Jun 12 2018 09:32 AM | Updated as of Jun 12 2018 10:37 AM

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KAWIT, Cavite- A group of protesters interrupted President Rodrigo Duterte's speech on Tuesday as he attended his first Independence Day rites here.

The Chief Executive had just started speaking at the window of the historic Aguinaldo Shrine when the demonstrators shouted, "Duterte traydor" (traitor) and "huwad na kalayaan" (false freedom).

The President was initially caught off guard with the heckling but still continued with his speech.

“Our Constitution guarantees freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and free expression,” Duterte said.

Duterte also ordered law enforcers to “just deal with them peacefully and with maximum tolerance.”

“We cannot agree at all times for all seasons,” he said.

“We may not understand each other, at least there is a common denominator between us, and that is love for our country. Nobody can ever question ang pagmamahal ko sa bayan.”

Tuesday's Independence Day rites in Cavite will be the first for Duterte, as he missed last year’s commemoration at the Rizal Park.

DZMM, 12 June 2018