Around this time of the year, a date that coincides with a massive revolt that ended the Marcos dictatorship in 1986, Filipinos tend to try to take stock of their country. On Sunday Feb. 25, there were demonstrations on either side of the capital Manila – one that wanted to hold steadfast to the gains of freedom, and the other to stand by the drastic change President Rodrigo Duterte had promised – neither of them with the kind of fire that was going to produce any impetus for change.

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