A group supporting President Rodrigo Duterte and the late President Ferdinand Marcos will stage a rally at the Luneta on Friday to counter the anti-Marcos demonstration scheduled much earlier by leftist groups.
A post on the Facebook page “Duterte Youth” said the rally will be held 3 p.m. on Friday, at the Kilometer Zero marker in front of the Rizal monument.
The group apparently also supports the Marcoses, and asked those who will join them to bring photos of the two presidents.
It also called on former officers of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and the Citizenship Advancement Training (CAT), and Boy and Girl Scouts to join.
The post, made on Tuesday afternoon, has been shared 157 times as of this writing. The page has 561 likes since it was put up in September.
Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema, a former ROTC corps commander from the University of the Philippines, said the group was expecting between 500 to 1,000 people.
“Talagang sasabay kami para ipakita ang suporta namin kay President Duterte. Kahit mas marami sila, maipakita na kahit paano may youth group supporting the President,” Cardema said.
“We’re ready to stand and ready to defend the President,” he added.
Cardema said rallying behind Duterte was important given the problems he has as the country’s Chief Executive.
Asked why their group approves of the Marcos burial, Cardema—who identified himself as a “Kabataan for Bongbong” leader—said this was because the late dictator “was our president,” the interment is approved by the Supreme Court, and “as a war veteran, he deserves to rest with his comrades.”
Sought for comment, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan secretary general Renato Reyes declined to comment on the purpose of this pro-Duterte gathering.