Solicitor General Jose Calida on Monday awarded members of the Duterte Youth with a "Republic Defenders" pin after their controversial encounter with singer Jim Paredes.
Ronald Gian Cardema, a Duterte fan and leader of Duterte Youth, said they mustered courage to go to the EDSA commemoration.
"Tinatatagan namin loob namin, kahit kaunti kami, kasi we're here to show support to the president of the land," a member of the group said.
"Diba EDSA is a beacon of free expression? We were there to show support to the president. Hindi namin alam masama pala yun," he added.
A confrontation ensued between Paredes and members of the Duterte Youth along EDSA Saturday as the country marked the 31st anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution.