MALACAÑANG said Monday the rally protesting the death of 17-year-old student Kian delos Santos is part of the people’s right to assemble and express their views and air their grievances.
“The President has reiterated in numerous occasions that he will allow any form of mass protest under his administration as long as it does not cause public inconvenience or compromise public safety,” Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said. “This is consistent with PRRD’s philosophy that criticism – good or bad – is part of the territory of anyone working in the government.”
Abella also appealed to the protesters to fully cooperate with police authorities, who are expected to exercise maximum tolerance during the rally.
The family of Delos Santos claimed that police killed him during an anti-drug operation in Caloocan City on Aug. 16. Supporters of Kian’s family will march at 4:30 p.m. from Sta. Quiteria Church in Caloocan City to Barangay 160, where the teenager was shot dead, to demand justice.
Opposition party Liberal Party is denouncing the killing in a rally at Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila on Monday morning. The rally also commemorates the 46th anniversary of the Plaza Miranda bombing.
Other groups of demonstrators will assemble at 6 p.m. at the EDSA People Power Monument to call for an end to the police campaign against illegal drugs.