Malacañang on Monday urges Filipinos to hold Independence Day protests online to observe social distancing requirements during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Puwede po magprotesta online. Hindi po natin sinusupil yan,” he added.
[You can protest online. We are not restricting that.]
“Sa mga lugar na talagang mataas ang banta ng COVID-19, eh huwag niyo naman po i-violate yung ating quarantine rules kagaya ng social distancing,” he told briefing in the Palace.
[In areas where the risk of COVID-19 is high, please don’t violate quarantine rules such as social distancing.]
Roque’s statement came after students and alumni of several schools reported blank and duplicate Facebook accounts amid their online protests against the anti-terror bill.
Progressive groups are planning to stage protests on Friday, describing the event as a mañanita protest to call for the junking of the anti-terror bill.
To recall, Metro Manila Police chief Major Gen. Debold Sinas drew flak last month for his birthday gathering which he described as a mañanita or early morning serenade, despite the ban against mass gatherings. They were not penalized for the said violation.