A number of left-wing activists have heckled and disrupted a televised Independence Day speech by the Philippine president and referred to as him a “traitor” amid criticism of his dealing with of territorial disputes with China.
President Rodrigo Duterte halted his speech Tuesday in the course of the commotion and calmly watched from a historic balcony in Kawit city south of Manila as police pulled the protesters away. He requested regulation enforcers to take care of the protesters “with most tolerance” because the viewers, which included ambassadors, waited.
He later resumed his speech, which centered on his battle towards unlawful medication and corruption.
Duterte has come below hearth from critics who say he has been far too mushy on China over contested South China Sea territories. Officers say his strategy has fostered talks and received concessions.