A coalition of human rights and labour organizations joined a protest rally on 21st September organized to denounce e Duterte government's human rights violations and demand an end to martial law in Mindanao. Over 12,000 people, mainly from poor urban communities, have been killed in extra-judicial killings sanctioned by President Duterte, with those involved granted impunity.
Under the banner "Manlaban para sa Karapatan!" (Fight back for rights!) the rally marked the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law across the Philippines under the Marcos dictatorship and warned that Duterte could declare martial law and establish a new dictatorship.