Rollback rice prices. Workers led by Kilusang Mayo Uno launched protests on September 12 against rising prices of commodities especially rice. They clamor for increases in workers’ wages to help them cope with the unbridled increase in prices of commodities.
Justice for Alzate. Members of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) together with other democratic groups conducted a mass action on September 14 in Quezon City to condemn the brutal extrajudicial killing of Atty. Maria Saniata Alzate. The action coincides with the commemoration of NUPL’s 16th anniversary. A similar action was held in Baguio City and Iloilo City.
Oust Diokno and Balisacan. Six agricultural groups held a motorcade rally on September 18 to demand the ouster of Department of Finance secretary Benjamin Diokno and National Economic Development Authority chief Arsenio Balicasan after they proposed the total elimination of tariff on imported rice.
Student protests in UP and Ateneo. On September 12, students of the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman gathered at Palma Hall in its Quezon City campus in protests during the first day of classes for the academic year in the university. They expressed opposition to UP budget cuts. A similar action was held at UP Los Baños on September 7.
Meanwhile, students held a series of protests in Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU) and Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) on September 15 and 16 against Mandatory ROTC.
Fuel subsidy, grossly insufficient. Drivers under Piston, together with members of its national council, protested in Cebu City on September 18 to condemn the meager and undistributed fuel subsidy promised by the regime. The protest coincided with the 11th week and another “big time” increase on oil prices where diesel prices rose by ₱2-₱2.40 per liter on that day.