On the commemoration of 120th Philippine Independence Day, June 12, groups under the patriotic alliance Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) protested against continuing interference of foreign superpowers United States and China in the nation’s affairs. The contingent first trooped to the Chinese embassy in Makati, where they held a brief program denouncing China’s encroachment in Philippine territory.
Under the Duterte administration, China has continued to build structures in the West Philippine Sea, despite the favorable ruling by United Nations (UN) Arbitral Tribunal in 2016. Filipino fishermen complained of the Chinese coast guard taking their catch, exchanging fish for Chinese cigarettes and noodles.
In the afternoon, BAYAN marched towards the U.S. Embassy to protest the superpower’s dominance in the archipelagic nation. The Duterte upheld its treaties and agreements with the US, amongst these is the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, which allows the construction of structures by the US military in Philippine territory. BAYAN views this as a violation of the country’s sovereignty.
The day was capped of with progressive groups converging at Liwasang Bonifacio.