Youth and student formations led by Anakbayan warned Duterte not to sabotage the September 21 anti-martial law protest and using this as pretext to impose nationwide martial law, saying this will hasten his fascist regime’s downfall.

“Out of desperation, Duterte has taken to mocking the September 21 anti-martial law rally and trivializing the Filipino people’s legitimate grievances,” said Anakbayan National Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo in response to the president’s sarcastic comments about the protest.

“By churning out ridiculous gags – from declaring September 21 a ‘national day of protest’ to challenging protesters to ‘occupy EDSA’, Duterte hopes to sabotage protests and discourage people from joining. The Filipino youth and people will prove him wrong,” said Crisostomo.

The youth leader said that if Duterte really wants to give support for the protests, the president should just step down and stop the reign of terror engulfing the country because of the “war on drugs”, the “all-out war” against the communist movement, and the anti-Moro “war on terror”.

Crisostomo directly addressed Duterte, warning the president against pulling any more tricks up his sleeve as any further slide to tyranny would only galvanize the Filipino people’s resistance to his fascist rule.

“Mr. Duterte, if you think declaring nationwide martial law will make you escape accountability for all your accumulated crimes against the Filipino people and continue your tyranny, then you are dead wrong. It is better if you just step down,” said Crisostomo.

“Mr. Duterte, we are warning you. Your current rush towards outright fascist rule and threats of using the full force of the police and military apparatus to quell dissent is only bound to fuel more resistance and hasten your downfall,” he said.

“Mr. Duterte, do not belittle the strength of the Filipino people’s collective action. Just as past generations marched in the streets against the Marcos dictatorial regime, our generation will not hesitate to overthrow your rising dictatorship,” he added.

Major universities across country to join September 21 protest

In a signed statement, youth groups and students from the country’s biggest universities have vowed to join the protest rally on September 21 amidst gov’t announcements canceling classes and government work on the same day.

Youth and student groups in Metro Manila will hold walkouts and march to the gates of the Presidential Palace to hold protests 1:00PM on September 21 before marching to Luneta Park by 4:00 PM to join other sectors in the Movement Against Tyranny-led rally.

Joining the protests in the national capital are student formations from the University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo De Manila University, De La Salle University, St. Scholastica University, College of Saint Benilde, Far Eastern University, Philippine Normal University, Technological University of the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and the Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology.

There are protests at UP Baguio, University of the Cordilleras, Saint Louis University, Cagayan State University, Isabela State University in Northern Luzon; UP Pampanga, Nueva Vizcaya State University, Pangasinan State University, and Bulacan State University in Central Luzon; UP Los Banos, Ateneo de Naga University in Southern Luzon; and Palawan State University in Palawan.

Also joining nationwide protests on September 21 are students from UP Visayas, Western Visayas State University, Iloilo Science and Technology University, and Central Philippine University in Iloilo; UP Cebu, University of San Carlos, and Cebu Normal University in Cebu; and UP Visayas-Tacloban and UP SHS Palo in Leyte.

Mindanao-based student formations from UP Mindanao, Mindanao State University-Iligan, Assumption College, University of Southeastern Philippines, Holy Trinity College General Santos, Midnanao Polytechnic College, MSU GenSan, Notre Dame of Marbel, and UP SHS Koronadal will also take part in protests.


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