Don't expect any burning effigies at Duterte's SONA
This is a first.
(SPOT.ph) In the past, the president's State of the Nation Address inside the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City was always met with anti-administration rallies. News reports following the State of the Nation Address (SONA) would often feature groups burning effigies, making noises, and even charging into a wall of police officers just to make their voices heard.
SONA 2013 and SONA 2014
President Rodrigo Duterte's first SONA, however, will be different. There will still be a rally, but only to show support for the new national leader, said Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) Sec. Gen. Renato Reyes on Thursday, July 21. Instead of funny caricatures and huge placards, the progressive groups have prepared murals that will be displayed on Monday, July 25.
"Hindi siya katulad ng mga nagdaang SONA na anti-administration, bumabatikos nang mariin sa Pangulo. Siyempre dito gusto natin i-highlight ano ‘yong people's demands. May bahaging suporta doon sa mga patakaran na malinaw na ang stand ng Pangulo, support sa laban sa contractualization, support sa paglaban sa mapanirang mining companies, assertion ng sovereignty sa Pilipinas, lalong-lalo na support for the peace process," he explained. He also narrated that the no-protest style is a manifestation that the new president is not an enemy, especially since a number of Duterte's cabinet members have come from the progressive movement.
For the first time in over a decade, militant groups set foot in Malacañang on June 30, after the president’s inauguration. Duterte promised the group that they will be allowed to rally closer to the Batasan for the upcoming SONA.