On September 21, the nation once again bore witness to the spirit of freedom and democracy as Filipinos from all walks of life proved that they won’t let history repeat itself during the mass protests coinciding with the 45th anniversary declaration of martial law.
Thousands of people trooped to the streets to protest the social injustices happening in Philippine society today including the extrajudicial killings under the administration’s bloody drug war and the spread of fake news.
Among the highlights of the event was the burning of the Rody’s cube effigy that joined the President’s image with the likes of former president Ferdinand Marcos and Nazi Fuhrer Adolf Hitler.
Luneta also became the rallying point for protesters who—despite coming from different backgrounds—had a united voice that called for an end to the killings.
The same can be said on social media, where the public expressed their outrage. Here are some of the most moving reactions from various celebrities, politicians, and other personalities in the nation:
Agot Isidro wants us to learn.
Saab Magalona proves you’re never too young not to remember.
Bianca Gonzalez with a simple #NeverAgain post.
Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay speaks his mind.
Gretchen Ho reppin for the sports nation.
Senator Risa Hontiveros decries “Dutertatorship.”
Jim Paredes feels fear but remains hopeful.
A statement from Vice President Leni Robredo.
Jeff Canoy on the essence of journalism.
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