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ENRAGED protesters smash a police mobile along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City shortly before President Aquino delivered his Sona. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

It was a familiar sight this time of year: Students and farmers burning effigies of President Benigno Aquino and Uncle Sam. But they were stopped by police from getting close to the Batasang Pambansa complex to denounce the government’s alleged failure to improve the plight of workers, triggering a brief melee that left scores injured.

Fire trucks, steel barricades and a 6,000-strong police force blocked the protesters led by the leftist group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) on Commonwealth Avenue in front of Ever Gotesco mall about 2 kilometers from the Congress building, where the President delivered his annual State of the Nation Address (Sona).

A brief scuffle ensued when a group led by the militant League of Filipino Students attempted to breach the police line after the effigies were burned.

Bayan said 95 protesters, mostly students, were hurt as stones flew at midafternoon. Bayan said 11 of those injured required treatment at East Avenue Medical Center. The Philippine National Red Cross reported 16 injuries.

Chief Superintendent Mario de la Vega said the injured included two foreign news agency photographers, two local TV cameramen, 10 policemen and a garbage truck driver. He said the protesters also destroyed a police car and a garbage truck.

In the middle of it all, around 10 gays stole the show, providing a respite from the street tension.

Wearing colorful headgear and banners, they paraded in front of the phalanx of policemen and protesters chanting slogans calling on Mr. Aquino to push for the human rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals.

Bayan militants numbering from several hundreds to several thousands staged relatively peaceful marches and rallies in major provincial capitals, according to police officials and Philippine Daily Inquirer reporters.

Generally peaceful

“All public assemblies and mass activities held today in different parts of Metro Manila and some key cities of the country were generally peaceful,” Director General Nicanor Bartolome of the Philippine National Police said in a statement shortly after the President ended his speech at 5:30 p.m.

Protesters on Commonwealth Avenue denounced the police for stopping them at around noon—four hours before Mr. Aquino delivered his Sona.

Edre Olalia of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers said Bayan filed an application for a rally permit on July 10.

He said the Public Assembly Act mandated the city government to act on rally applications within two days after which the authorization is deemed granted.

“As far as we are concerned, our protest is legal, by operation of law. And you are violating the law,” Olalia told police officers.

Superintendent Marcelino Pedrozo, the ground commander, and Supt. Nicanor Salamera, a human rights monitor, said they did not receive any approved rally permit from the City Hall. “We are allowing them to hold their rally here out of consideration,” Pedrozo said.

Senior Superintendent Joel Pagdilao, Quezon City Police District deputy director for operations, estimated the crowd at over 5,000.

High prices denounced

Up to 3,000 protesters joined rallies in the provinces of Iloilo, Capiz and Aklan to voice out their own versions of the Sona.

“We have become poorer because the prices of commodities continue to increase. Many remain landless and have no jobs, especially those in hinterland villages,” said Aileen Catamin, a former village captain who joined a protest of indigenous peoples in Capiz.

In Bacolod City, about 500 Bayan militants burned an effigy of an eagle, representing the United States, and an octopus to symbolize the various social ills besetting the nation.

“It’s no fun in the Philippines when it comes to the urban poor situation,” said Irineo Longinos, Kadamay-Negros spokesperson.

Around 100 members of Sanlakas, Freedom from Debt Coalition, and Bukluran ng mga Manggawang Pilipino marched from Colon Street to Fuente Osmeña Circle in Cebu City at around 10 a.m. They brought with them camote and dried fish, which they ate after their short program at noontime.

Bayan-Negros secretary general Christian Tuayon rated the President’s performance on leading the country and implementing economic and political programs at one, on a scale of one to 10.

Sanlakas and the two other groups in Cebu gave the President a grade of 70.76 in several aspects—the right to work, food, housing, health and education.

Protests by militants in the Luzon cities of Baguio, Legaspi, Naga and Daet highlighted alleged human rights violations. With reports from Dona Z. Pazzibugan, in Manila; Nestor Burgos Jr., Jhunnex Napallacan and Carla Gomez, Inquirer Visayas; Tonette Orejas, Armand Galang and Robert Gonzaga, Inquirer Central Luzon; Desiree Caluza, Inquirer Northern Luzon; Mar S. Arguelles and Juan Escandor Jr., Inquirer Southern Luzon

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  • Hunter421

    Now that the PNP is purchasing enough pistols for all of their personnel, its time to invest in less-than-lethal weapons to disperse these militant ‘students’.

    • Pluma Mana

       gamitan ng taser….

  • dodong1


  • Pork_Republik

    Amazing how these protester lead by Bayan Muna will maimed their own fellow Filipinos just because of a SONA, but not a whimper we can hear from them when it comes to Chinese sh1tings in the WPS. Shame on you!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/RQA6QOCLGYRYDTZ4E7VMYY2KFA g

      not so true they have made a lot of statements on China’s incursion and has picketed the Chinese embassy. Di ka nagababasa ng balita. comment lang ng comment,

      • MULEN

        Lip service lang ginagawa ng mga salot sa lipunan na mga ito na mga alipores ng baliw na si Joma. Kunwari lang pag-rally sa harap ng Chinese consulate. Nagpadala lang doon ng hindi hihigit sa 20 raliyista, ito’y matapos maunahan ng Akbayan.

      • Pork_Republik

        Napilitan lang kamo kaibigan kasi sintonado na yun tono nila kumpara sa totoong opinion ng nakakaraming Pilipino.

      • Pork_Republik

        Ah, so ikaw nagbabasa ng balita pero basa lang ng basa hindi naman NAG-IISIP! Sabagay ANAKCHINA ka siguro kaya kampi ka sa CHINA MUNA. 

        Ano kanyo, ‘peaceful protest’? Dahil di kayo pinayagan makalapit sa Batasan naging violent yun ‘peaceful’ niyo.

      • Pluma Mana

         hahaha! nagpicket kuno sila makalipas ang isang buwan tapos “sakupin” tayo ng china. nagpicket kuno matapos silang ulanin ng batikos sa pananahimik nila at sa kawalan ng kilos laban sa ginawa ng china. picket lang ang ginawa at di malakihang rally na may kasamang pananinira ng mga bagay…

  • valentinlbonite

    With the economy improving, the left’s constant refrain is ” it has not trickled down to the poor.” Indeed it did not, but why?  Well, let me count the ways.  First of course is precisely these rallies, time was wasted on rallies, instead of students studying their lessons and farmers tilling their farm, there they are destroying properties and injuring people.  Second, instead of bowing their heads in toil, they instead hold their head up high, proud that they are CCT beneficiaries when they should instead be proud to earn every centavo that they keep.  Third, every additional benefit that they get is splurged on booze, gambling, and other useless spending, buying cell-phone loads instead of hot pan de sal for the kids. Fourth, they turn to God for almost everything that God already has empowered them to achieve in the first place.  And lastly, our famed indolence, we wait till the next harvest of coconuts, or palay, while in the meantime, we gossip.

  • Platypus09

    In democratic country, everything can be settled via civility, discussions, and ELECTIONS (do not elect the ones who have the potential to steal and corrupt our government). 

    Protesting is a passe. Nothing will happen. They will just get hurt physically. And whatever issues they have will continue.

    Filipino people are sick and tired of seeing these protests in the streets. 

    It is time to sit down and talk and elect the right people, if corruption is their problem.   


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DVKJJUO2VFZHRK3VM5J4EUCKLM Sonny Antonio

    This rally organization must be taking a lot of MONEY from China etc.Becvause they choose to rally against USA who are helping the Philippines and never rallied against China who are arrogantly taking our Islands and riches bullying us and shooing our fisherman.And have rallied against all the president of the Philippines and never rallied against Communist party of the Philippines of their atrocities WHY???????

  • Hey_Dudes

    Supposing there were no 6500 security officers on the scene, what do you think these rent a mob protesters main goal is?  Are these terrorist hellbent in going inside congressional building to kill each one or burn down the building while everyone are inside attending an official function?

    Who are these rent a mob protesters and why do these sick animals allowed in our society tired and weary of these type of people?

  • quirinomayer

    Lahat ng mga nasusuka sa Bayan Muna at iba pang komunista sa bansang ito, iboto ang comment na ito. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y74B6RY5N37I5JG2KAFGKGFPFA F**kinMO

    What do you expect from the leftist? Anarchy…That’s what the left were good at, they expect everything shall be handed to them in a silver platter.   

  • ibon112

    Yan grupong BAYAN MUNA at mga militante pasaway lang yan sa gobyerno. Hindi naman kayo nakatulong sa ating bansa puro kayo dada at rally at maninira pa kayo ng mga gamit. Sa tingin niyo ba nakatulong kayo? Tapos magsasalita pa kayo na hindi kayo ang nagsimula MUKHA NIYO!!!! kayo naman lagi ang mga pasimuno. Wala naman kayo NAGAGAWA PARA SA IKABUBUTI NG ATING BANSA…  KAYO BAYAN MUNA at mga militante bakit PAGDATING SA CHINA MGA TAHIMIK KAYO? HALATA KAYO NA MGA KUMINISTA!!!!! WALA MAN LANG KAYO GINAGAWA….. KUNWARI PA KAYO MAKA-FILIPINO MAKA-TAO HALATANG HALATA KAYO!!!!! SARILI NIYO LANG ANG INIINTINDI NIYO!!!!  DAPAT SA INYO NASA SCARBOROUGH SHOAL PARA MAKITA NIYO ANG MGA KAKUSA NIYO!!!!


    kino-cover kasi ng media ang mga tarantadong iyan. Mag-medya black-out kaya sa mga rally ng mga komunistang iyan…..papansin lang kasi mga iyan…

  • Pepe_Tan

    Yung mga aktibista, reklamo kayo ng reklamo na wala kayong mga trabaho. Eh naghahanap ba naman kayo? Kung yung oras na ginugugol nyo sa pagrarally eh pinaghahanap nyo ng trabaho, eh baka sakaling may magandang mangyari pa. Hindi ako Pro-Noynoy pero nakakapagod na din kasi na panoorin kayo na magmukhang tanga. Peaceful rally kuno samantalang nambabato kayo. Pati mga media damay sa pambabato nyo. Kayo mismo ang lumalabag sa napagkakasunduan nyo at ng mga pulis bago magrally.

    Next time siguro, magaapply ako na riot police para pwede ko kayo mapukpok as stress reliever.



    • quirinomayer

      Sali ako diyan,yahoo-MZ3XWUBOGXQVARAA4WWQQFFHKE. Contact me at quirinomayer@yahoo.com and let’s plan how to go about the task.

      Let’s run the communists out of this country. Let’s call ourselves KKK – Kontra Komunista Kami. 

  • michael

    these activists were against whoever our president is or against our government…..ano kaya kung si joma sison na lang ang maupong presidente at nang manahimik na ang mga to!!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TFFOLGQ6RAX7AWW2Y6HQ5KZO3A Josh

    It’s difficult when you have too much of freedom and jokers that are able to control these crowd. Some may actually be sitting inside the Sona Venue. But what can we do, we can’t please everyone. What’s important is, majority of us like what’s going in our country. And with our persistence for a better Philippines, with continuous reliance to God, we’ll surely get there.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XYCGCB3ZLNA4NTG3S6ZX4EF2S4 Jimmy

    gusto yata ng mga organizers ng rally ay magulo kasi pag mapayapa, walang aksyon, wala masyado ipapalabas sa balita, sa huli, madaling makalimutan. naiintindihan ko rin naman na galit na galit na sila pero di pa rin tama ang manggulo o manakit ng kapwa kasi merong ibang mapayapang paraan.

  • johnllander

    They are the lazy uncivilized who just want to wait to be fed and to complain.

  • dgboy

    I salute all policemen and policewoman. Mga bayani kayo!

  • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

    Communists’ action deserves a different response.

    And CHR is out of the question.

  • Angry Nanay

    Dapat sa mga iyan binibigyan ng media coverage pag nawawala na at hindi na makita ang mga bangkay. Pero kung papansinin nyo iyan at kukunan ng videos and picture habang ginagawa ang pang teterorista nila kamukha niyan, sinisira yung patrol car, lalong lumalakas ang loob niyan. Anong mabuti sa ginagawa nilang iyan? umasenso ba ang bansa sa pag hahagis ng bato? Ilibing na iyan at bigyan nlang ng media coverage yung mga kamag-anak.

  • Pork_Republik

    Dapat bayaran ng Bayan Muna yun mga damages caused by their ‘peaceful protest’ by using their PDAF. 

    Tulad na lang nun mamang police na tinapunan ng used-oil yun uniform niya do you think the PNP will give him money to buy new uniform, no the poor policeman will shell out money from his own pocket to buy another set of uniform na sana pambili na lang niya ng bigas para sa pamilya niya.

    Sama na dun yun patrol car at dump truck na sinira nila. Ang mga gamit na iyan hindi pag-aari ng mga pulis, galing iyan sa buwis ng nagmula sa pawis at dugo nga mga Pilipino. Sana naiisip iyan ng mga rallyista.

  • Bullet Train

    Masyado nang malaya ang bansang Pilipinas. Malayang magrally, malayang manira ng gamit, malayang mambato ng pulis, malayang magsunog ng kung ano-ano at malayang magkalat. Nasaan ang disiplina ng mga raliyistang ito? Ang mga sinisira nio galing sa bulsa ng mamamayang Pilipino. mga buwisit kayo!

  • Lester Burnham

    Sayang naman yung patrol car, iilan nalang sinira pa ng mga makabayan. Pero pag may kaguluhan, sakuna, trahedya, pagbaha, binagyo, nagkasunog, wala namang magawa. Mabuti pa nga yung mga Chi-noy communities nakikipag tulungan. Itong mga Communista na ito, pwede ba plakahan nyo na at isa-isang dukutin. kaya madaming gumagaya diyan kasi sumisikat sa mga balita. pero kung ilalabas sa TV iyan na nakalutang na sa Manila Bay wala ng gagaya diyan. Salot sa pag asenso ng Pilipinas iyan. Ang salot isa-isang “nawawala” dapat. Pabayaan nyo ng magsiiyak sa TV yung mga kaanak nyan “HUHUHU MABAIT ANG ANAK KO” “HUHUHU MABAIT ASAWA KO”, nawawala sila.

    Hindi lang kasi nabibigyan ng airtime sa media yung mga Naulila naman ng mga sundalo,na naambushed.

    Sa mga pamilya ng mga nawawalang aktibista at komyunista…………

  • Lester Burnham

    Kung Totoo ang Bintang kay Palparan…….

    Bakit hindi mo pa nilahat!

  • TagaMlang

    These MILITANT GROUPS are supported by China. These people no longer have credibility, always out of reason because they are not actually listening to reason.  What they do is to destabilize any government (from Marcos to Aquino) because that is what CHINA, their beloved benefactor wants.

    Now China is bullying us, I haven’t heard these MILITANT GROUPS trying to defend the Philippines.

  • iduniq

    And what about the destroyed police car, garbage truck, other damaged properties as well as injuries. Should it be just forgotten and no one to account for?  How can this not be repeated in the future? In events like this, there should be always a show of force and numbers (at least in the event location), and there should be a mobile stockade, ready to house those who instigate or perform violent acts. It should be made clear they are free to march and rally but it is UNLAWFUL for them to do violent acts. In Singapore, they only allow rallying in a designated area, rallying outside of it, 100% guaranteed the persons involved will spend time in prison. Thats how they enforce discipline. It seems the police failed to plan/handle this event properly and the lead should be held responsible for the failure.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIPSCQM2TZQUMQ5GEIMWMWDFL4 Edward Solilap

    Dapat sa mga militante na ito e dalhin doon sa bukid at doon magtrabaho hindi puro sigaw sa kalye e nakakaistorbo lang kayo sa daan. Magkaano lang ang binabayad sa inyo para sumali sa rally? nagpapauto lang kayo sa mga walang kwentang namumuno sa inyo wala naman magandang programa ang mga iyan para sa kinabukasan ng sambayanan filipino.

  • taga_ilog

    rubber bullets and bean bags anyone?

  • JK1000

    Ang mga ito ay kahit sino ang nasa Palacio ay may sasabihin na hindi maganda, Anong gusto niyo, bumalik sa panahon ng Diktadura ni Marcos?  Dapat mga rubber bullets ang ginamit sa mga ito. Pasalamat nga sila hindi man lang gumamit ng tear gas.

  • http://twitter.com/MarkMen2000 MarkMen2000

    Nakakasawa na ang mga ginagawa ng mga militanteng grupo. Kung pumasok na lang sila sa pamantansan nila o kaya magtrabaho ng marangal.. mas mababawasan pa ang mga nagugutom na mga Pilipino.
    Di ba yan naman ang gusto nila? mawala ang kahirapan sa bansa natin.
    Pero ang ginagawa nila puro sila ngawa ng ngawa wala naman ginagawng mabuti kundi magsunog sa kalye, manira ng mga sasakyan, mambato ng mga pulis at mag recruit ng mga estudyante..
    Kung ang gusto natin nga matuwid na daan dapat tumulong sila sa pag-unlad.

  • malayangpinoy

    katamaran ang ugat ng gutom gusto lang kasing umasa sa gov.lahat ayaw magtrabaho,ayaw mag banat ng boto,doon sa amin ang ibang tao wala namang trabaho nasa bahay lang samantalang pwede namang magtanim ng gulay sa paligid, ayon nag hihintay lang ng CCT ng gov. pag gusto mag gulay hihingi nalang sa may tanim.yan ang utak ng mga nag raraly na yan,gutom daw kasi tamad

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CFZ2Q7RFJ6PWRYMM3NJ7JB4KSE Dynamic

    The establishment of soup kitchen will surely calm them down..how’about some food stamps?

  • Jamm3r

    kung pagmamasdang mabuti ang mga nag rally, makikita mo sa kanila na wala silang ipinaglalaban at ang tanging layunin ay manggulo lang. nakakagalit at nakakangitngit habang pinanonood ko iyong lider nila na si renato reyes siya yung mahaba ang baba letseng iyon puro panggugulo ang alam. dito ko na lang mumurahin kakagigil yung baba nun eh. tangina mo renato reyes kayo mga salot sa pilipinas dapat sa inyo ipatapon at pagbantayin sa mga islang inaangkin ng mga intsik.

    • Ronald_18

      Pare try ko hanapin sa YouTube kung meron video noong nasapak siya sa Congress. Hindi ko matandaan kung panahon ni ERAP yun. Tuwang tuwa ako dun sa security, sana nga hinagis siya sa lobby. Pero sa tulis ng baba nun, palagay ko masasagip siya dahil tutusok sa flooring.

  • gyvv

    hmmm… lets see… looking for work… but hurling stones?… if u were an employer, would you hire such? cant such matters be discussed in a civil manner? cmon, angst and anger dont work…..negotiate… if u r looking for a job, be nice and respectable…. be civil~

  • marciano3rd

    Abolish the Party List System so that organizations such as BAYAN MUNA will not have a hand on the Pork Barrel, which is only being used to finance such rallies.

  • Ronald_18

    These people are the real problem of our society. They wanted the government to do everytnhing they demanded without flexing a single muscle. And yet, they are active in the streets braving the heat, rain, tear gas and water cannons.

    What makes worst, other people who wanted to earn a living for a decent life were affected of their stupidity.

  • Ommm

    They are students because they lack education, plus they are full of hormones looking for some cause…soon enough they will realize their stupidity and a new crop with a new cause will appear…

  • akosimickeymouse

    Militants are potentials to become a rebel, their mind can easily be doctrained by the ideology of communisms…kung hindi mo na to sila makita malamang anduon na ‘to sila sa bundok humawak na ng baril….they are destining their life to nowhere, ayaw nila magsikap at magbanat buto mas hilig pa mag ra rally sa walang patutunguhan…dapat yung nahuli kasohan “dahil dami nilang sinirang propyedad ng gobyerno….dapat magkaroon na talaga na kamay na bakal para maputol na etong kalokohan nila….sarap mag shooting spree dami siguro malalagas sa militante….

  • http://twitter.com/kintoy Boardinggate101.com

    may sinunog ba silang effigy ng China?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6NV2NIE62WV3JGIGCBB7LFZBX4 generra


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SLRNVDXSLSAN5IDIEA5Y7HSXAM L23

    Kahit kailan itong mga nag rarali mula noon hanggang ngayun wala pa ring pagbabago sa kanilang mga ibinabato sa gobyerno, dapat sa mga ito lambatin at itapon sa china para duon na lang sila mag rally. Nakakapagod panoorin, kakaunti lang pero ang lakas mang gulo. maski sinong umopo na presedente ganun at ganun pa rin ang mga ito. Mabuti pa mag trabaho na lang kayu nakatulong pa kayu sa bayan

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SLRNVDXSLSAN5IDIEA5Y7HSXAM L23

    Mga tsong ano kaya kung tapatan natin ang rally ng mga iyan, sino kaya ang marami.. para matapoos na ang kahibanagn ng mga pinutukan ng  magaling na makakaliwa na yan…

  • pfc_kulapu

    full force nayong rally ng mga komunista kahapon at yon lang sila kadami..
    our current population almost 100M… at gusto pa nila sila yong sundin natin….
    mga gunggong sa kapwa nyo pilipino makipagpatayan kayo pero sa mga pesteng intsik ang tatahimik ninyo.
    SATUR OCAMPO lapit kana matigok……

  • pfc_kulapu

    wala dito kahapon si gunggongdaisy…
    kasama sa rally kahapon ang gunggong…

  • pfc_kulapu

    This local commies are funded by greedy evil commies china…
    they are all menace in our society… and they call themselves people heroes…
    what a hypocrites?… stupid and idiot…

  • dominator1

    Renato Reyes haba ng baba mo! NPA bulok!

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