US-based Pinoys join protest rally ahead of Trump inauguration
US-based Filipinos have joined the ongoing rally ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, according to a report on "Balitanghali."
"May nakita tayong ibang Filipino doon na nakilahok sa pagtitipon ng sinasabi nila na pakikibaka para sa administrasyon ni Donald Trump, pagpapakita na sila ay hindi naaayon sa mga palakad [niya]," said Bronx-based Filipino Boyet Loverita in the report.
The report said Filipinos joined the protest to voice their opposition to Trump's controversial statements and proposed policies, which have caused alarm internationally for allegedly emboldening racist groups.
Filipinos with citizenship problems are also opposed to Trump's plan to overhaul the US' immigration system.
"Yung mga Filipino, medyo nababahala sila," Loverita said. "Sinabi nila na sila ay talagang nababahala sa darating na panunungkulan ni Donald Trump gawa nga yung sinasabi ni Donald Trump na hindi maganda para sa mga immigrants."
Critics believe Trump's proposed immigration policies may result in discrimination and the deportation of more than 700,000 immigrants from the US.
Loverita quoted the protesters as saying that they will sustain movements against Trump and his administration for the entirety of his four-year term if he does not change his policies.
"Hindi raw sila titigil in four years, na mag-aaklas talaga sila, na ipapakita talaga nila na kung hindi magbabago ang magiging sitwasyon ni Donald Trump, magra-rally sila nang magra-rally," he said.
Among those who attended the rally were celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, Robert DeNiro and Cher, as well as politicians like New York City's Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News