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  • Protesters gather at Plaza Miranda in downtown Manila to mark the global celebration of International Women's Day Thursday, March 8, 2012, in the Philippines. The rising prices of oil and other oil products that allegedly triggered rising prices of goods and services as well as alleged U.S. intervention in the country's military and economic affairs, were the two dominant issues carried by protesters during the annual celebration of International Women's Day. The placard on the left reads

    Protesters gather at Plaza Miranda in downtown Manila to mark the global celebration of International Women's Day Thursday, March 8, 2012, in the Philippines. The rising prices of oil and other oil products that allegedly triggered rising prices of goods and services as well as alleged U.S. intervention in the country's military and economic affairs, were the two dominant issues carried by protesters during the annual celebration of International Women's Day. The placard on the left reads "Terminate VFA," which stands for the Visiting Forces Agreement between the United States and the Philippines. The placard at right reads "Terminate E-Vat," which is a tax on goods and services imposed by the Philippine government.