Palace tells Independence Day protesters to go online

first_img“Sa mga lugar na talagang mas malaking banta ang COVID-19, eh huwag ninyo naman pong i-violate iyong ating quarantine rules gaya ng social distancing. Puwede po magprotesta online, hindi po natin sinusupil iyan,” Roque said. MANILA – Since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is still far from over, Malacañang has urged groups and individuals who are planning to stage protest on June 12 to do it online. Several groups and individuals have expressed their desire to hold rally on June 12 when the Philippines commemorates its 122nd independence as they contest the controversial Anti-Terrorism Bill. Roque also explained that the arrest of eight protestors in the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu who are opposed to the Anti-Terrorism Bill was just a precautionary measure due to the high case of COVID-19 infection there. Based on the latest data from the Department of Health (DOH), Cebu City is the city with the highest number of COVID-19 cases at nearly 3,000. “Mataas pa po ang kaso sa Cebu, in fact, kayo pa po ang pinakamataas na kaso diyan sa Cebu sa buong Pilipinas,” the Palace spokesperson said. Roque said that although Cebu is currently under less stringent general community quarantine until June 15, the original proposal was to classify it under a modified enhanced community quarantine./PN Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said protesters can resort to online rally, just as what was did by several groups on Labor Day (May 1). In this file photo dated Dec. 10, 2019, members of progressive groups hold a protest calling for the release of imprisoned activists in front of the Manila Police headquarters. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque urged protesters to resort to online rally since the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 is still far from over. ABS-CBN NEWSlast_img

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