No protest activity was noted in the province of Bohol during the 45th commemoration of the martial law declaration on Thursday, September 21, which was also designated by Pres. Duterte as the National Day of Protest.
In the capital city of Tagbilaran where militant groups usually exercise their right to assemble and express sentiments, silence greeted the city of 130,000 people from sunrise to sunset on a supposed national holiday for government workers.
“Our office did not receive any application for a permit to rally on September 21,” said Supt. Patricio Degay Jr., city police chief.
Degay said protests normally occur in the city here on important dates such as the Labor Day, National Heroes’ Day, or the Martial Law anniversary.
For this year the only protest activity recorded in Bohol, organized by militant groups, happened last July when Duterte delivered his State of the Nation Address (Sona).
Elsewhere in the country, particularly in the National Capital Region (NCR), protests were a common sight in the streets as the Filipino nation remembered the day the late Pres. Marcos declared Martial Law on September 21, 1972. (Ligalig Mike)