Independence Day commemorated through program, rally Print
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:23

By Ely Dumaboc

A group of rallyists was airing their protests meters away from where the Zamboanga local government was celebrating the country’s freedom in what was deemed as two versions of observing the country’s 120th Independence Day yesterday.

The two activities were held meters away from each other within the vicinity of the Zamboanga town proper.

The rallyists, under the Akbayan Partylist, held placards and protested government-initiated policies such as Martial Law and the  implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Law (TRAIN).

Rallyists distributed flyers to passers by to promote their cause.

Tension momentarily gripped the area as authorities tried to stop the rally and took down the placards due to a reported lack of permit.

A heated discussion followed between Tourist Police Officer Insp Abdulhan Acbal and event organizer Raymond Tulonghari.

Tulonghari said that they proceeded to hold the activity even if City Hall refused to grant them the permit.

The tense situation eased up after the rallyists decided to disperse and leave the area.

Meanwhile, a wreath laying ceremony and a commemorative program highlighted the Independence Day celebration by the Zamboanga local government.

The city government’s commemoration had the theme “Pagbabagong Ipinaglaban, Alay sa Masaganang Kinabukasan.”  (Ely Dumaboc)