Protests held calling for resignation of Aquino, Abad

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Saturday, July 5, 2014


MILITANT students held on Friday protests in key cities in the country calling for the resignation of President Benigno Aquino III and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad after the Supreme Court (SC) declared some parts of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional.

Students and youth groups led by Youth Act Now!, Kabataan Party-list, Anakbayan, and the League of Filipino Students marched from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa to Legarda Street in Sampaloc, Manila to join the "Youth Action Day vs. DAP, Pork Barrel, and Corruption."

The protesters then trooped to Mendiola Peace Arch near Malacañang on Friday afternoon for an anti-corruption rally.

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Similar protests were also conducted in the cities of Baguio, Naga, Iloilo and Davao.

"We cannot allow Aquino and Abad to stay in power after knowingly undermining the Constitution and pertinent laws on public finance. It is now apparent that when Aquino talks about ‘tuwid na daan,’ he is not talking about busting corruption – he’s actually aiming directly at the pockets of taxpayers!" said Youth Act Now!-Iloilo coordinator Charmaine Chin.

Friday's protests were only a prelude to "larger mobilizations" in the coming days, said Youth Act Now! national convenor Victor Villanueva.

"If Aquino and Abad have any decency left, they must resign immediately. Because if they insist on staying in power, the Filipino people will have no other choice but to force them to step down," Villanueva said.

The Kabataan party-list, along with other militant organizations, will file an impeachment complaint against Aquino over the DAP before his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 28.

Aquino's allies in the House of Representatives believe the complaint will not prosper due to their sheer number.

Even opposition congressmen under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) will not support the impeachment bid in deference to coalition leader Vice President Jejomar Binay's call to rally behind Aquino. (Sunnex)

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