Do you plan to march the streets against the Anti-Terrorism Bill this Independence Day? You’re allowed to, but make sure your squad is composed of only 10 people or less, per Harry Roque.

The Presidential Spokesperson reminded the public that social distancing rules, such as those against mass gatherings, are still in place given the COVID-19 pandemic. Rights groups, such as Movement Against Tyranny, previously announced a mañanita protest on June 12.

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‘I don’t know anything about this mañanita, but gatherings of 10 people or more is prohibited. That is all‘, said Roque in Filipino per Philstar. The mañanita tag is in reference to the birthday party of Police Major General Debold Sinas, who infamously used the term as an excuse for violating quarantine protocols.

Philippine National Police Spokesperson Bernard Banac said to GMA News that protestors on June 12 will be given enough time to disperse peacefully as a show of ‘maximum tolerance’.

‘Tayo po ay makikiusap muli sa kanila at bibigyan ng sapat na panahon upang sila ay peacefully mag-disperse. Maximum tolerance po ang ating isasagawa’.


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