President Benigno Aquino 3rd was again heckled by protesters on Friday while delivering a speech in Iloilo province.
Aquino was speaking before crowd when four protesters, suspected to be members of a militant group, suddenly started shouting at him.
The President was momentarily distracted from his speech, but he smiled and said “Maraming salamat rin sa kanila [Thank you to them, just the same],” drawing applause and cheers from the audience.
He then continued his speech while the Presidential Security Group and the police immediately rounded up the activists.
Protesters also disrupted the President’s Independence Day speech on June 12.
Aquino was in Iloilo for the inauguration and inspection of national infrastructure projects in the province. The projects include the P2.1-billion Iloilo circumferential road, the P700-million Iloilo Convention Center, the P500-million Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue and the P170-million Iloilo River NHA Subdivision Phase I in Barangays Camalig and Lanit Jaro.
During the Independence Day celebrations in Naga City in Camarines Sur, Pio Emmanuel Mijares, a fourth year psychology major at Ateneo de Naga, was arrested after he interrupted Aquino’s speech.
Mijares was charged with disturbing public order under Article 153 of the Revised Penal Code.
He was required to post a bail of P8,000 for his temporary liberty.