MANILA, Philippines – The conduct of a limited number of protests during President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) next week will be allowed in Quezon City, Mayor Joy Belmonte said on Tuesday.
In a virtual press briefing, Belmonte said demonstrations with limited number of participants will be allowed but would have to comply with the minimum health standards such as the mandatory wearing of face masks and the observance of physical distancing.
She also reminded demonstrators who wish to join protests on Monday, July 27, to coordinate with the city government and the police to get a permit as provided for under the law.
Belmonte warned that protesters will be dispersed if they fail to comply with the rules.
“We will be very strict in ensuring that all of these protesters or demonstrators or rallyist will be complying with minimum health standards. Otherwise, we have to right to of course remind them or disperse them peacefully of course kung nakikita natin na nagiging public health hazard na po sila,” she said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)
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