Protests

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The US imperialists are no friend of the Filipino people. Filipino youth led by the Youth for Justice and Peace protested on July 4, “Filipino-American Friendship Day,” near the US embassy in Manila. They condemned the US war of aggression in the Asia-Pacific and its continued subjugation of the Philippines.

RIMPAC, a scourge on the people. More than 600 activists from the International Cancel RIMPAC Campaign marched in San Diego, California in the US on June 30 to call for the cancellation of the Rim of Pacific war games taking place in Hawai’i and its waters from June 27 to August 2. They launched the Cancel Rimpac 2024 Summit a day earlier.

Looming strike at Nexperia. Workers under the Nexperia Philippines Inc. Workers Union filed a Notice of Strike (NOS) on June 26 at the National Conciliation and Mediation Board Region IV-A in Calamba, Laguna. The workers held a rally at the same time. The union decided to file the NOS due to inhumane working conditions and management’s violation of the collective bargaining agreement.

Groups deride Marcos aid distribution in Negros. Progressive groups in Bacolod City staged a protest during the June 26 visit of Ferdinand Marcos Jr and his wife Liza Araneta Marcos. Marcos was set to distribute ₱10,000 each to over 8,000 farmers affected by El Niño in Negros Occidental. The rallyists said Marcos’ meager aid distribution was a mere “band-aid” to the problems in Negros and aimed only to “attract votes.”

4th year of the Anti-Terrorism Act. Bayan members marched to the Department of Justice on July 3 demanding the repeal of all terrorism and terrorism financing cases that the department has filed against human rights activists and defenders using them. The action coincided with the 4th anniversary of the repressive ATA.

30th anniversary of Stonewall Manila. The Bahaghari group commemorated on June 26 the 30th anniversary of Stonewall Manila, the first gays and lesbians march in the Philippines and Asia. The event was inspired by the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, considered a key event in the birth of the movement for the rights of the LGBT community. Various activities were also staged by LGBT groups during the last week of June in celebration of Pride month and in defense against discrimination in the sector.

Protests