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Scrap VFA. Democratic organizations protested in Cebu City on May 27 to reiterate their demand to scrap the the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the imperialist US. This coincided with the 25th anniversary since the Senate under the Estrada regime ratified the agreement on May 27, 1999. Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Central Visayas led the action.

Drivers launch transport strike in Iloilo. Jeepney drivers launched a transport strike in Iloilo City’s “first towns” on June 3 to oppose the city’s Local Public Transport Route Plan (LPTRP) which limits the number of jeepneys allowed entry. This scheme will adversely affect drivers and commuters from the towns of Leganes, Pavia, Oton and San Miguel. The LPTRP is part of the pro-foreign PUVMP or jeepney phaseout. They were able to push the Iloilo governor to dialogue that day.

Camp-out against UP-Diliman commercialization. Students of the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman students camped-out on May 30-31 to oppose the worsening commercialization of the university and the scheduled opening of a new mall in its Quezon City campus. The camp-out included campus vendors who will be adversely affected by the entry of large private businesses into the campus. They greeted the UP Board of Regents meeting with a protest on May 31.

Fight mandatory ROTC! Filipino youth protested in front of the Senate in Pasay City on May 22 to express opposition to the railroading of the Mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) bill in the upper house. In April, several senators announced their plans to push the repressive measure before the end of the Senate session.