The Philippines' 'Day of Protest' in photos and videos

The Philippines' 'Day of Protest' in photos and videos

As of April 2017, there have been more than 7,000 people who have been slain in drug-related killings.

To mark the event, thousands of people came onto the streets to protest against the current President Rodrigo Duterte and his emerging dictatorship in the country. "Sadly, those who are deceived do not even know that they are walking a doomed path", she said in a statement.

"Duterte and his security cluster have utilized narratives and tactics straight out of Marcos's playbook of repression, repeating and justifying rights violations, with increasing frequency and intensity" - Karapatan, Left Wing Group.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said that he will kill his son if drug trafficking allegations against him are true.

"My orders are to kill you ( Duterte son Paolo) if you are caught and I will protect the police who kill you", Philstar quoted Duterte as telling his son in the speech.

Paolo, who is known as Pulong, as well as the president's son-in-law, lawyer Manases Carpio, are accused of being involved in a Chinese transnational narcotics network that has been smuggling drugs through the Philippines Bureau of Customs. Also, he mentioned that he would protect the police himself.

Reyes said that among the issues that various progressive groups would be protesting are the continuous rise of cases of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in connection with the administration's war on drugs, the militarization of the countrysides, the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos the Libingan ng mga Bayani and Duterte and his allies' aggressive attacks against independent bodies such as the Commission on Human Rights, the Office of the Ombudsman and the Supreme Court.

He also told the same to his son that if he is found guilty of ongoing accusations, he would be killed despite being the son of the President.

The "End Tyranny" rally at Rizal Park called by MAT is among several protests across the country on Thursday and the first massive movement opposing Mr. Duterte, who is unused to dissent after ruling Davao City as mayor with an iron fist for 22 years. Earlier this year, he had said that he would be happy to "slaughter" three million drug addicts, and described children shot dead in the drug war as "collateral damage".

Mr. Duterte has declared Thursday National Day of Protest to allow the people to express their frustration at the "excesses and shortcomings of the government".