MALACAÑANG has extended an olive branch to various groups that joined the National Day of Protest
against President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday.
“We have always kept the doors open for constructive dialogue with the strategic sectors of
society, including those who do not share the stance of the administration on certain issues,”
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
The militant coalition Movement Against Tyranny said attendees to the peaceful rally at Rizal
Park numbered about 30,000, with one leader describing it as the biggest protest action so far against
the Duterte administration.
The Philippine National Police, however, said the crowd only reached 8,000 at the height of the
The pro-Duterte rallyists of about 16,000 on the other hand staged their own rally of support to
the administration at Plaza Miranda.