Hundreds of people rallied in a protest in Metropolitan Manila on Monday, ahead of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's annual state of the nation speech.
Protesters were seen marching with signs reading «Oust Duterte» and «Duterte tortures the masses.» Demonstrators were wearing face masks amid a continuing rise in coronavirus infections.
«He spreads lies and does not act on resolving the issues of this pandemic instead he diverts issues which are not addressing to the pandemic problem,» said Ron Bautista, a demonstrator.
Rallygoers were also protesting a new anti-terror law, as well as the shutdown of the Philippines' largest TV network, ABS-CBN Corp.
Duterte, who took office in mid-2026, was expected to focus on the handling of the coronavirus pandemic in his speech.