Enzo, the scion of veteran actor Edu Manzano and half-brother to Luis
Can you imagine standing alone in the street of a foreign city for hours, holding a foreign sign, and standing for a foreign idea? Yet Enzo did, and it was not easy – uncomfortable – he was alone.
Lorenzo “Enzo” Manzano has lived quietly in the Big Apple for almost three years. He’s been staying out of the shadow of his showbiz Dad. On June 18, he decided to march towards the United Nations Head Quarters in New York, head held high.
A one-man campaign
Holding a poster bearing the message, “Duterte and the Philippine Government are taking away my people’s basic rights.”
Enzo claims it took him three days to go on this solo protest. He continued his one-person campaign two days later in front of the Philippines Consulate.
He said in his Facebook post, “I was never the type to protest… (it) sucks to hear that my fellow Filipinos can’t protest back home. I hope my lone protest can make up for that. At least a little bit!“
He brought a message to the world: “The Philippine Government is destroying my country’s democracy! Hear us now; To Filipinos overseas: we may have left the country…but let’s not abandon our people.” [Inquirer]
What prompted a young Filipino living 8,000 miles away to do this?
The demonstrations last June 12, which coincided with the Philippines’ 122nd Independence Day, had been called to junk the ruling, which many believe not only goes against the constitution but also suppresses freedom and human rights.
Several Congress members have already withdrawn their authorship of the bill, which still has yet to be signed by the current Philippine President.
Way before the anti-terrorism bill was RA 9372
Even before the Human Security Act of 2007 or RA 9372 was in place. It aligns the Philippines with its Southeast Asian neighbors in fighting Islamic militants in the area.
As critics deem, introducing a new law to supersede an existing one is unnecessary and potentially dangerous.
The call to act as one with your fellow citizens is vital. We have social media on our side.
Despite long-standing debates, an arena of emotions, and ideologies, one thing is for sure – Enzo’s blood is Filipino, and he, like others, looks forward to a better Philippines.
Enzo’s public management career
In 2023, Enzo was accepted at the NYU Wagner. He will take his Masters or MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy program.
An MPA graduate can enter various social or public policy and government affairs careers. This program is also ideal for leading advocacy groups or entering into politics.