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Duterte welcomes SONA protests, reminds militants not to be lawbreakers

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By Genalyn Kabiling 

Protest all you want this coming Monday but do not break the law.

President Rodrigo Duterte (ACE MORANDANTE/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Rodrigo Duterte
(ACE MORANDANTE/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Duterte has welcomed the planned protest actions of militant groups during his upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA) but reminded the protesters to keep them peaceful and orderly.

The President said he respects the right of persons to freedom of speech and freedom assembly as part of the country’s vibrant democracy.

“This is a democracy. I’m exponent of freedom to air your grievance. You are free to do anything you want there. Just don’t break the law and don’t impede the flow of traffic,” he said in a state media interview last Thursday.

“Pero magmura ka na doon o ano gusto mo it’s your right and we will not interfere in that exercise of that right,” he said in the video posted by Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux Uson on Facebook.

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