By Alon Calinao Dy: President Rodrigo Duterte has a huge respect for freedom of speech and assembly, but it turned out bloody, violent anti-US rally last October 19 outside the US Enbassy, leaving over 70 people injured.
Though the freedom of assembly is being respected by everyone including the head of state, this does not mean that the government tolerates the use of violence and force by the protesters.
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Secretary General Renato Reyes,Jr., is believed to be the brain of the anti-US rally at US Embassy a few days ago.
Activist Reyes Blamed the policemen as the ones who threw tear gas at them and started to act violent after they finally decided their rally.
However, many netizens did not believe what Renato said since the viral photo that spread all over social media showed how these protesters became aggressive and violent, cornering a police officer.