Peaceful assembly and
free expression are basic civil rights, enshrined no less in the
Philippine Constitution. But amid public discontent over oil price hikes
and other issues, the authorities have found a convenient pretext for
suppressing the exercise of these rights: the Marcos-vintage
no-permit-no-rally policy. The use of a no-permit-no-rally policy to crush
almost every act of legitimate dissent, amid a multitude of reasons for
taking to the streets, can only drive the people to vent their anger even
more. So where’s now the so-called “maximum tolerance” policy?
Salungguhit literally means to
underline; figuratively, to
underscore or highlight.
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