World Bulletin / News Desk
Braving the rain, hundreds of supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte gathered at a rally Saturday afternoon in Central Philippines’ Cebu City.
Dubbed as “Lihok Suporta” (Movement for Support), the rally was convened by Kilusang Pagbabago (KP) which is incidentally celebrating its anniversary and was attended by its members from Cebu and other neighboring provinces.
Inquirer news estimated at least 1,000 people gathered at Plaza Independencia in downtown Cebu City about 2 p.m. (06:00 GMT) for a little more than two hours.
Local and national officials led by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco and Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña attended and the event became a rally for the administration’s programs and achievements.
The rally was organized in the wake of allegations that Duterte has billions of illegally obtained pesos parked in bank accounts and calls from the opposition for the president to step down.
It also showed support for the highly criticized bloody anti-drug campaign of the administration that allegedly killed more than 7,000.
After a low-key campaign, opinion polls put the conservative in the lead as he claims credit for the island's economic recovery since its debilitating financial crisis of 2013.
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