A boy sitting in a vehicle covers his ears as members of the military fire cannons for a traditional 21-gun salute during the 115th Independence Day celebration in Manila June 12, 2013. Amid territorial disputes with its neighbours, including China, in the South China Sea, President Benigno Aquino vowed on Wednesday to stand up for the Philippines' sovereign rights in a speech during the celebration of the country's 115th Independence Day anniversary, local media reported.
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