Hundreds of people, clad in green and orange shirts, gathered on one side of the Mendiola Peace Arch, nearer Malacañang Palace. They chanted: “Duterte! Duterte! Duterte!”
On the other side of the arch, about 5,000 protesters, minorities in indigenous attire and youth in black shirts, chorused: “Never again to Martial Law!”
On Thursday afternoon, September 21, the 45th anniversary of dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law, two significantly different groups of protesters simultaneously held their programs on the two sides of Mendiola – the street that has stood witness to countless protest rallies, both peaceful and bloody, against different administrations.