Naga City activists call for 'genuine independence'

NAGA CITY—Militant groups marched from Bicol Central Station to Plaza Quince Martires on the 117th celebration of Aldaw nin Katalingkasan seeking what they called "genuine independence."

Activists in Naga City call for genuine independence on Aldaw nin Katalingkasan
(Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Carrying streamers blasting China's threats to Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea, as well as opposing economic charter change, among others, the activists said the nation will not enjoy true independence while it remains shackled by social injustice.

Among those who attended the march was Em Mijares, the student who was arrested exactly a year ago after heckling President Benigno Aquino III as the chief executive was delivering his Independence Day speech.

Mijares is a member of groups Youth ACT Now! and Kabataan.

Meantime, at Plaza Quince Martires, the Naga City local government, joined by the local police and civilians held the annual Independence Day rites. (With report and photos by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)


Activists in Naga City call for genuine independence on Aldaw nin Katalingkasan
(Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM) 

Activists in Naga City call for genuine independence on Aldaw nin Katalingkasan
(Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)


Activists in Naga City call for genuine independence on Aldaw nin Katalingkasan
(Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Activists in Naga City call for genuine independence on Aldaw nin Katalingkasan
(Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Activists in Naga City call for genuine independence on Aldaw nin Katalingkasan
(Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Activists in Naga City call for genuine independence on Aldaw nin Katalingkasan
(Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Activists in Naga City call for genuine independence on Aldaw nin Katalingkasan
(Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)



Activists in Naga City call for genuine independence on Aldaw nin Katalingkasan
(Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)


Activists in Naga City call for genuine independence on Aldaw nin Katalingkasan
(Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

Activists in Naga City call for genuine independence on Aldaw nin Katalingkasan
(Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

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