Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests in Manila

THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES.  PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD.  THANK YOU.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) have announced that several demonstrations have been scheduled for today, Friday, November 25, throughout Manila. The demonstrators are calling for a day of unity in opposition to the November 18 burial of former Philippine president, Ferdinand Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani cemetery. The areas involved include Rizal Park, Liwasang Bonifacio, Chino Roces Bridge, and Ayala Square in Makati, with up to 2,000 protestors participating.

Due to the demonstration activity in the area, the U.S. Embassy in Manila will be closing at 1:00 pm today.  If you have an emergency, please contact the Duty Officer at +(63) (2) 301-2000.

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For further information:

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S