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More than 8,000 join Labor Day protest rallies

more than 8000 join labor day protest rallies - More than 8,000 join Labor Day protest rallies
Mendiola Labor Day - More than 8,000 join Labor Day protest rallies
Various militant groups gathered at the Mendiola Bridge in Manila to mark Labor Day on May 1. — PHILSTAR/ MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

ABOUT 8,235 rallyists participated in several protests nationwide on Labor Day, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP), and there were no reported untoward or violent incidents as of 3 p.m. Militant groups, including labor organizations, conducted protest actions at Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City, Liwasang Bonifacio, Recto Avenue, and España Blvd. in Manila. Aside from Metro Manila, protests were also held in Pampanga, Cavite, Laguna, Camarines Sur, Cebu, General Santos City, and Butuan City. Among the participating groups were Akbayan Partylist, AGLO PAGGAWA, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, Kilusang Mayo Uno, and Piston. The PNP deployed 91,000 cops nationwide to monitor and secure the rallies. The protesters raised various labor issues as well as made a call for voters in the May 13 midterm elections to choose senatorial candidates who will support the proposed law on security of tenure. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras

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