March of Indignation: Protests continue against Philippine economy and president
NEW YORK — From the historic Grand Central Terminal, to the streets of the city, at least 300 Filipinos and their allies joined the ‘March of Indignation’ against what they call Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s failed presidency.
“This President is one of the most dangerous presidents that the Philippines has,” said Irma Shauf-Bajar. “They’re not only getting killed, but he is perpetrating violence against women by saying that they’re only good for sex.”
The Philippine economy is slowing down — GDP growth rate is down to 6%, according to Philippine statistics authority.
According to Forbes, corruption — the usual killer of emerging market growth — is getting worse under Duterte.
The Philippines dropped 16 notches since 2016 in the corruption ranking by transparency international.
With unsolved extrajudicial killings, consumers making-do with bukbok rice and high priced Philippine galunggong imported from China, to the 6.4 percent high inflation rate and weakening of the Philippine peso at 54 pesos to a dollar.
Protesters say they have had enough.
“People have definitely reached a boiling point, people are so upset about being unable to afford the prices of basic things, rice, food, gas, electricity because of train law that is doing nothing to serve the people,” said Rhonda Ramiro.
Protesters say they also fear a government inching towards authoritarianism.