US, China flags burned in June 12 rally

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - CORRESPONDENT ROS­ALIE O. ABATAYO AND CNU IN­TERN SA­MAN­THA A. ESTEVES

THEY burned the flags of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China and the United States of Amer­ica in a gath­er­ing in down­town Cebu City on Tues­day morn­ing to commemorate the coun­try’s 120th In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tion.

Mil­i­tant groups also called on the na­tional govern­ment to pro­tect its rights against the two su­per­pow­ers.

Jaime Pagli­nawan, Bagong Alyansang Mak­abayan (Bayan) Cen­tral Visayas and Kilu­sang Mayo Uno (KMU) chair­per­son, said it seems that the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Pres­i­dent Duterte has al­ready given up in pro­tect­ing the coun­try’s ter­ri­to­ries.

“We need to de­fend our sovereignty which has been taken for granted by the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion. The pres­i­dent has given our ter­ri­to­ries to China while US troops are al­lowed to en­ter and leave the coun­try any- time they want to,” said Pagli­nawan in Ce­buano.

Around a hun­dred mem­bers of mil­i­tant groups, which in­cluded those from Bayan Cen­tral Visayas, KMU, Alyansa sa mga Ma­mu­muo (AMA), Anakbayan, and Pis­tonCebu gath­ered at the Fuente Os­meña Cir­cle on Tues­day and marched to down­town Cebu for a rally, which they dubbed as “Hindipen­dence Day Move­ment.”

They were protest­ing against the al­leged ha­rass­ment by the Chi­nese Navy against the Filipino fish­er­men at the West Philip­pine Sea. Dur­ing the same gath­er­ing, KMU also launched their sig­na­ture cam­paign to call for the abo­li­tion of the Tax Re­form for Ac­cel­er­a­tion and In­clu­sion (Train) Law among oth­ers.

Mean­while, en­vi­ro­men­tal ad­vo­cates also held a sep­a­rate protest rally in front of the So­cial Se­cu­rity Sys­tem of­fice along Os­meña Boule­vard. They were push­ing for an end on the use of “dirty en­ergy.”/

CDN PHOTO JUNJIE MEDOZA

Mil­i­tant groups march to­ward down­town Cebu from Fuente Cir­cle for a rally mark­ing In­de­pen­dence Day.

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