It started with a question for Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre as he was introduced to the crowd: "Sino ang gusto niyo isunod [who do you want next]?"
It was s a reference to the recent arrest of Senator Leila de Lima, one of the president's staunch critics.
Aguirre picked up the question, asking the crowd, "Kanina may sainasabi kayong gustong isunod. Sino?"
[Translation: You said you wanted someone to come next. Who?]
The crowd then replied: Trillanes.
Aguirre then said, "Tulungan nyo ako, ah [You have to help me]."
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is another critic of the President.
The Justice Department filed the three drug cases against De Lima who is now detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame.
But in CNN Philippines' ambush interview with Aguirre, he clarified his reaction to people's response regarding Trillanes.
He said, "Wala. Wala naman. Siyempre gusto naman ng tao. Yung kinagagalitan naman nila pero nasa kuwan yan, eh. Nasa ebidensya yan... May complaint. Hindi sa kagustuhan ng tao yan.'"
[Translation: That's what the people want. They're angry at him, but it all boils down to the evidence. There's should be a complaint and not just what the people want.]
The Luneta rally coincided with the EDSA People Power anniversary but the organizers were quick to point out it' was not meant to divide the people.
Bobby Brillante, of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC) said, "The celebration in EDSA and Luneta should be complementing each other as a celebration of freedom."
Aside from Aguirre, other cabinet officials showed up at the event.
Health Secretary Pauline Ubial said "Nandito po tayong ngayong gabi para ipakita ang suporta natin sa kauna-unahang Presidente na galing sa Mindanao."
[Translation: We are all here tonight to show our support for the first President from Mindanao."]
Interior Undersecretary John Castriciones said "This is not colored by any political affiliations but rather it is an advocacy that it is to be supported even by ordinary citizens."
Äside from the Luneta assembly, there were also gatherings in Cebu and Davao drawing in thousands of administration supporters.
Rally organizer Constancio Tiongco said "Bilang mga supporters ni President Duterte, ayaw namin na wala kaming ginawa. Kasi ayaw din namin ma-stress Presidente namin."
[Translation: As supporters of President Duterte, we do not want to be idle. Because we do not want to stress our President.]
Supporters and organizers say the President needs the public's support more than ever now that he's waging a war not only on illegal drugs but also on corruption and poverty.