MANILA – More than a hundred people turned up in Manila on Tuesday to protest against the visit of US President Donald Trump – the first in a series of demonstrations planned ahead of his arrival to the Philippines.
Left-wing alliance Bayan organized the protests in front of the Malacañang presidential palace, where those gathered chanted slogans against Trump and carried placards with various messages scrawled across them, including “Trump is not welcome in PH (Philippines).”
The US president, who is currently in Seoul as part of his tour of East Asia, is scheduled to arrive in Manila on Sunday to participate in an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit.
Protesters carried caricatures of Trump, burned a mock US flag and gathered around a painting on the ground depicting the president with a red cross covering his face, along with the words “Ban Trump in PH.!”
The organizers made several demands in a press note, including ending US military interventions, stopping military aid for the Philippine government and an official apology for alleged atrocities during the US rule of the Philippines (1898-1946).
Tuesday’s protest was the first in a series planned over the next few days against Trump’s upcoming visit to the country, including a gathering in front of the US embassy on Monday.
The banned Communist Party of the Philippines on Tuesday issued a statement urging Filipinos to rise up against Trump’s visit.