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Anti-Duterte protest rallies draw thousands, held peacefully

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PROTESTERS gather along Commonwealth Avenue which is not far from the House of Representatives complex where President Rodrigo Duterte was to deliver his fourth State of the Nation Address on July 22. — PHILSTAR/MICHAEL VARCAS

PROTEST RALLIES against President Rodrigo R. Duterte and his policies on such issues as China and the West Philippine Sea drew thousands on Monday as he delivered his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA). The police said there were no untoward incidents reported as crowds gathered in the capital Metro Manila as well as in major cities such as Iloilo, Cebu, and Davao. “Peaceful with no untoward incident,” said National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo T. Eleazar in a phone message to BusinessWorld. As of 4 p.m., the NCRPO said 8,780 rallyists converged near the vicinity of the House of Representatives, of which 5,530 were anti-administration while the rest were supporters of the President. NCRPO deployed 14,100 policemen around Metro Manila. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras

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