Anim na indibidwal ang inaresto ng pulis matapos ang isang iglap-protesta sa Embahada ng Estados Unidos upang tutulan ang Balikatan Exercises. Kabilang dito si Gabriel Magtibay, isang mag-aaral ng UP College of Mass Communication. Ayon kay League of Filipino Students – UP Diliman Chairperson Louise Espina, wala pang nailalabas na resolusyon ang Manila City Hall tungkol sa naganap na pag-aresto.
While President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s one hour and 14 minute-long debut SONA touched on development goals, Marcos was mum on the worsening press freedom situation in the country, rights of persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE), among other pressing issues.
The University Student Council, along with members of the UP Diliman community, urged the administration to push back the second semester of A.Y. 2021-2022 to give time for constituents to recover from the previous semester. Still, the campus administration decided to push through with the Feb. 7 opening, opting to suspend deadlines in its first week.