Various public sectors are preparing to launch an indignation rally against the administration after President Rodrigo Duterte declared September 21 a “National Day of Protest.”
Although not a holiday, Duterte ordered the cancelation of classes and work to give way for the protests on Thursday which coincide with the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law.
It was later on clarified that only classes in public schools and work at the Executive branch of the government will be suspended. Meanwhile, it will be up to the private sector whether they will follow suit.
The President apparently did this in “solidarity with the people’s call against all excesses and shortcomings of the government” as he welcomed protesters to occupy the streets.
On social media, netizens seem to have mixed feelings about Duterte’s declaration and were mostly worried how it will all turn out. Here are some reactions to the issue:
Students from private school were mostly peeved
Some questioned the declaration
There were jokes
While others were wary
For protesters, wear black and bring bells