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Protesters mass near Congress ahead of Aquino’s speech

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Protesters gather Monday, July 23, 2012, near the Ever Gotesco mall near the Batasan Pambansa along Commonwealth Avenue where President Benigno Aquino III will deliver his state of the nation address later in the day. NOY MORCOSO III/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Protesters from several militant groups arrived near Ever Gotesco along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City Monday morning, a few hours before President Benigno Aquino delivers his State of the Nation Address before Congress.

The protesters marched from Old Balara, Quezon City to Ever Gotesco, or about three kilometers from Batasang Pambansa.

The rallyists were decrying “worsening human rights violations, poverty, unemployment, depressed wages, absence of genuine land reform, demolition of houses, destructive large-scale mining, privatization of social services and the US violations of sovereignty.”

Meanwhile, Quezon City Police Director Superintendent Mario dela Vega estimated the early protesters at 300.

The police set up near Saint Peter’s Chapel 10p.m. Sunday.

He added that 3,000 police were deployed along the periphery of Batasan, and would exercise maximum tolerance towards protesters.

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  • tomadachi888

    The rallyists were decrying “… US violations of sovereignty.” 
    - why not decry China violations of sovereignty?  Dislocated talaga belief ng mga rallyist na to.

    • generalproblem

      hehehe mga studyante ng UP ang iba dyan. yan ang tinatawag na freedom of expression.

      • Crysis_III

        Freedom of non-sense expression bro…

      • generalproblem

        salamat bro at na gets mo. kung ako lang papatayin ko lahat ng nag protesta na yan ng maubos na yan.

  • TiradorDelaMuerte

     these people is too stupid to realize that they would be in a much worse situation under a communist umbrella.

  • Crysis_III

    Three hundred protesters lang ba ang kayang bayaran. hahaha.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4EKSPU6WJ2RCLRXCYUU5YEGHFY Nani

    US ang may strategic control ng Pilipinas hindi ang Tsina. The more the Chinese are being projected as attacking Phil sovereignty the more reason for the Americans to intervene as requested by its puppet Pres Aquino

    • pfc_kulapu

      it’s better to be a puppet of US gov. than a puppet of evil communist china.

    • sasama

      ..kumonista ka mang Nani…punta ka dun sa mga tsekwa…

  • OlafNYC

    Where are the tear gas and water cannons when you need one or just round them up for public disorderly conduct.

  • pfc_kulapu

    Wala dito s gunggongdaisy. kasama sa rally ngayon….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    dati sinusuportahan ko itong rallyists, pero dapat unahin nila mag rally vs china!

  • pedronimo

    Mga Rallyists ay hindi Talentadong but  “Tarantadong Pinoy” ang mga iyan.

  • dgboy

    desperado na mga rallyistang ito, binayaran ng mga communista. Mga salot sa lipunan!

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