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Duterte supporters to ralliers: LP is using you

Young protesters show posters featuring emoticons: to show their disgust at the Marcos burial at LNMB. BERNARD TESTA, INTERAKSYON.COM
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MANILA - Supporters of President Duterte attended the People Power Monument protest at EDSA Wednesday against the burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, but preached caution to the predominantly young demonstrators: don't be used by the Liberal Party.

The 20 supporters yelled at passersby, warning that the LP which ruled the country for the past six years is using their grievance for its destabilization campaign against Duterte.

The rally was not in opposition to the Marcos burial, claimed Jack Macaraig, 37. Rather, it's the "Yellows" working on Duterte's downfall. This, he said, would put Vice President Leni Robredo, and LP member, in power.

Thus, he added, drugs would again proliferate on the streets, government coffers would be emptied anew by grafters.

Another Duterte supporter, 45-year-old Maricris Roxas, said the young protesters had been brainwashed by their schools - especially the Catholic-run ones - into toeing the Liberals' line.

She pointed out, as proof, the attendance at the rally of LP standard bearer in the last elections, ex-DILG secretary Mar Roxas II.

The young protesters were not even alive during martial law, hence they had no basis for their protests, said Maricris.

She accused them of fraternizing with communists, the likes of Bayan's Renato Reyes, Gabriela and Kilusang Mayo Uno.

This would only lead, she warned, to a divided nation. "The President needs the support of the entire Filipino community."