Protesters held placards reading "Digong traitor, a lapdog of the dictator," referring to Duterte by his nickname. Dozens of students trooped outside the presidential palace in Manila in a separate protest and burned an effigy of Marcos in a mock coffin. Since then, the fraternity has used the stunt to make political statements, from raising AIDS awareness to demanding the resignation of the Philippine president, said Armand Padilla, a fraternity alumnus and organizer of the centennial run. Thousands of Filipinos, including more than a dozen nude students, protested Friday against the hasty burial of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes' cemetery, in a growing political storm that's lashing the president who allowed the entombment. A student, who identified herself only as Bang, praised the runners' grit. While the anger was directed at Marcos and his family, President Rodrigo Duterte was also targeted for allowing the burial of the dictator, who was ousted in a largely peaceful "people power" revolt three decades ago.
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Several runners carried placards saying "Serve the People," a rallying call for students of the university, who are called "Scholars of the People" for the state subsidies to their education. The messages also referred to "wars on many fronts" that the Filipino people are facing including the war against terrorism as seen in the Marawi crisis, the imposition of Martial Law on the southern island of Mindanao and the war against illegal drugs that is "failing to capture big-time crime lords but has already racked up a death toll in the thousands, with children counted among the dead," according to an APO statement Friday. Students at the University of the Philippines Diliman ran down a college hallway naked on Friday as part of a decades-old Oblation Run tradition for social and political causes. Get breaking stories straight from Hollywood, covering film, television, music and more. He said past presidents who opposed the burial should have taken steps to prevent it, for example by passing legislation. Home United States U. Thousands of Filipinos, including more than a dozen nude students, protested Friday against the hasty burial of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes' cemetery, in a growing political storm that's lashing the president who allowed the entombment.