Manila, Philippines – #WalangPasok: Mayor Joseph Estrada announced class suspension in Manila on September 21, 2018 in light of Martial Law anniversary protests.
Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada announced class suspension on Friday, September 21, 2018 in anticipation of massive protests as the country commemorates the 46th Anniversary of the Declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines by Former President Ferdinand Marcos.The class suspension covers all levels in both public and private schools within the city.
The University of the East Manila, however, announced in its official Twitter page that only the K to 12 classes in the Manila campus are suspended on Friday. College and postgraduate classes, as well as office work, will proceed as usual, the advisory says.
OFFICIAL UE ANNOUNCEMENT, September 20, 2018, 3:45 p.m.: K to 12 classes in UE MANILA for Friday, September 21, 2018, are suspended.
College and postgraduate classes, as well as office work, will proceed as usual.
Please be guided accordingly. Thank you.
— UE Univ. of the East (@Official_UE) September 20, 2018
Hundreds of protesters are expected to flock to major streets in Metro Manila to denounce the current president’s” authoritarian tendencies” and alleged “abuse of power.” The protest rally will be led by the Catholic Church in dissent to the anti-drug crackdown of President Rodrigo Duterte, a self-described Marcos admirer, which has left thousands dead since he took office in June 2016.
The protest is to coincide with the 46th anniversary of the day when Marcos placed the entire country under martial law in 1972.