Protest greets P-Noy’s Sona

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Monday, July 28, 2014


SEVERAL cause-oriented groups held a protest yesterday before President Benigno Aquion III delivered his fourth State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Among the groups that participated were the Pinagkaisang Samahan nga mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston), Anak Pawis, Bayan Muna, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas and Bayan.

Around 200 of their members marched from Fuente Osmeña Circle to Colon St. in Cebu City at 10 a.m.

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They converged at the rotunda an hour before.

The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) declared a full-alert status, which meant that all policemen were on stand-by in case the protesters would go wild.

CCPO Director Noli Romana said they dispatched 50 policemen along the route.

He said the rally, which ended around 2:30 p.m., was peaceful.

Jaime Paglinawan, Ba-yan spokesperson, said they held the protest to express their support for Aquino’s impeachment.

Fail grade

The protesters wore a peach ribbon, which, to them, symbolizes Aquino’s impeachment.

Greg Perez of Piston said they joined the rally to air their sentiments against some of the provisions of Joint Administrative 2014-01, which they find oppressive.

The groups gave the Aquino administration a “fail” grade in his four years of governance.

Among their grievances are the administration’s alleged failure to consult students on the implementation of the K to 12 program and the cancelation of the Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

“Wala’y participation ang mga tawo. Daghan siya’g sayop (There’s no public participation. They’ve made a lot of mistakes),” said Inday Tuling Olayer, Freedom from Debt Coalition spokesperson.

‘Neglected’ sector

National Union of Students in the Philippines Cebu representative France Degamo accused the administration of not having a policy for students.

Degamo said the youth is also affected by the pork barrel issue and must continue to be vigilant against it.

“Dako ang PDAF, gamay ra ang budget sa education (The budget for education is small compared to the budget for the Priority Development Assistance Fund),” he said.

Among the issues the groups also brought up were the delayed passage of the Freedom of Information bill and the rejected resignation of Budget Secretary Butch Abad. (John Cavin Sabonsolin, USJ-R Mass Com intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 29, 2014.

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