Independence Day cry: Defend PH waters

MANILA, Philippines — Militant groups pressed the government to assert the country’s sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea against Chinese incursions as the nation marked the 121st anniversary of Philippine independence on Wednesday.


Rallies were held in Manila, Makati, Kawit in Cavite, Cebu City and Iloilo City by members of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) and allied groups who also denounced US interference in the country’s internal affairs.


Police blocked a march by about 2,000 Bayan members and supporters close to the US Embassy on Roxas Boulevard where they held a brief program and torched a mock US flag before heading to the consulate of China in Mak…

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