Militants prepare for ‘PeNoy’ effigy burning on Monday

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THE USUAL EFFIGY Members of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan prepare a giant effigy of President Aquino which the militant group will unveil in their Sona rally on Monday. RAFFY LERMA

He’ll be hailed inside the halls of the House of Representatives but heckled on the streets, this time as a fragile “Humpty Dumpty” or a “rotten egg” perched on an American jeep.

Militants will parade a 14-foot “PeNoy” effigy of President Benigno Aquino III down Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Monday (today) while he delivers his second State of the Nation address (Sona) at the Batasang Pambansa complex.

The effigy will be part of an 8,000-strong crowd marching in protest of the administration’s first year of “unfulfilled promises.”

Effigy burning

Unlike last year, when militants spared Mr. Aquino’s effigy from the ritual burning, members of the umbrella group, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), will set his caricature on fire.

“We feel that Noynoy (President Aquino) cannot make good on his word of bringing change. Instead, life is getting harder under his administration,” said Crisanto de Leon, chair of UgatLahi Artist Collective.

Militants skipped the ritual effigy burning in July 2010 as they felt the new President deserved a chance to prove that he could deliver.

Artists from UgatLahi, Bayan and students from the University of the Philippines-Diliman worked on the “PeNoy” effigy as a parody of the President’s nickname (P-Noy).

Penoy, a local delicacy of steamed premature duck egg, also symbolizes the administration’s unfulfilled promises.

Perched on Hummer

The egg is perched on a US Hummer jeep because the President is reliant on the United States and lacks “an independent foreign policy,” militants said.

De Leon said the effigy reflected Mr. Aquino’s performance during his first year.

“The egg appears to break or crack to let out the issues that hounded the administration in the past year, such as rampant oil price hikes, public-private partnerships, unemployment and demolition of communities,” the militants said.

Failing grade

The egg also symbolizes Mr. Aquino’s failing grade in his first year, Bayan said.

Workers rejected the “achievements” that the President was expected to report today to Congress and the people during his second Sona.

Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), a militant labor group and Bayan member, said Mr. Aquino “flunked” in his first year in office.

Partido ng Manggagawa said the President’s achievements in the anticorruption drive and good governance were not enough.

“Despite the absence of wang-wang (vehicle sirens), despite the resignation of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez and despite the initiative to prosecute former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for plunder, it is undeniable that the number of poor and hungry Filipinos has remained the same if not worsened,” Gerry Rivera, Partido ng Manggagawa vice president, said in a statement.

Rivera said the President should not forget that his “social contract” with the people involved implementing social reforms to promote economic progress and equality in Philippine society.

“Workers believe that poverty will not be solved by good governance alone. Poverty can only be eradicated by reforms in the economic and social arena that attacks the iniquitous distribution of wealth in the country,” he said.

Another ‘5’

In a separate statement, KMU vice chair Lito Ustarez said his group was giving Mr. Aquino a failing grade of 5.

“After more than a year, it is more than clear: The change and daang matuwid (righteous path) which Mr. Aquino promised are not for the hungry workers and people, but for the oil cartel, big foreign and local capitalists and the Kamag-anak Inc.,” Ustarez said.

He said it was not true that it was still too early to judge the Aquino administration. “His outright rejection of the demands of the Filipino workers and people for immediate relief from hunger and suffering is already telling,” he said.

Ustarez and Rivera said that after one year in office, the Aquino administration had no new program to generate jobs, no new mechanism to increase workers wages, no change in the no-union policy in economic zones, no action against job contractualization and dangerous work sites, and no end to fuel price increases.

Ustarez said the administration was making public services even more inaccessible to the people. “It hiked toll fees last January and is bent on hiking fares in the MRT and LRT. It continued to cut budgets for education and other social services,” he said.

Rivera pointed out that the contents of Mr. Aquino’s Philippine Development Plan were hardly different from Arroyo’s Medium Term Philippine Development Plan. With a report from Jerome Aning

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  • Juan Dalandan

    Aminin na natin. Walang makakapagpaligaya sa mga militanteng grupong ito.  Lahat na lang ng naging pangulo na kinalakihan ko, laging iisa ang banat nila: “Rehimeng US – at kung-sino-man-ang-pangulo” (US-Marcos, US-Aquino, US-Ramos, US-Estrada, US-Arroyo, at ngayon, US-Aquino na naman!).  Bagama’t kinikilala ko ang kalayaan nilang magpahayag ng kanilang opinyon, mas lumilinaw na iisa ang tema ng mga banat nila at mayroon silang sariling agenda. Nakakasuya na! 

    Mas maganda sana na bukod sa pagma-martsa at pagtira sa kung sino man ang nakaupo e magpanukala rin sila ng mga bagay na makakatulong sa gobyerno (pwera lang pagyakap sa komunismo). Hindi naman kase mawawala ang lahat ng problema sa Pilipinas sa loob lang ng isang taon.

    • John

      ba pagtutulungan yan, di ba?hindi, bawat galaw reklamo.  kikilos sa kanan, reklamo, kikilos sa kaliwa, reklamo. anak ng hweteng, kaya kulelat ang Pinas!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H2WLJRB6SYUUEJH3DCGPUWO76U Remi Ogoy

      tamaka pari ko, kahit sino ang kaupo diyan nandiyan parin mga yan kasi hanap buhay nila yan
      nakakahiyan hanap buhay. kahit wala nang magawa ni pinoy na iba sa term niya basta malinis
      niya nang mga masamang at maromi na ginagawa nang mga tao sa bansa tama nayan sa akin,
      ayan ang kailangan para sa ating bansa. ikulong nang mga masasama para wala nang sagabal papunta sa kaunlaran nang ating bayan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MAVNEFXUT5OTDLRSUXPQST6SUI catmanjohn

    These jokers are obviously from the Arroyo camp, masquerading as militants. There are detractors to the left and to the right, who would like to see President Aquino fail, for his success would nullify the reason of their existence. Good Luck Mr. Aquino, and keep up the good work. Do not let down the progressive people of the Philippines who want good positive change for all.

  • Anonymous

    complain, that’s all you do.
    the poor will always be poor because they’re irresponsible
    they’ll sell their future in exchange for a day’s venison

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z54PKI7DFA5O4CV5VSEADPCEBE Marvin Garcia

    Are these people nothing to do other than protest. They are always on the street every SONA whoever President in position.

  • Anonymous

    Kung ang oras, kagamitan, talino at sipag ay ginamit sa pagtulong sa mga mahihirap kaysa naman sa pagkumpuni ng walang saysay na effigy, siguro naman mayroon magandang naidulot sila sa lipunan.
    Mamaya ay susunugin nila iyan.  Dapat silang parusahan sa pagsunog dahil ito ay labag sa batas tungkol kapaligiran at ito ay nagdudulot ng mga pag-init ng mundo at polusyon. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Cela/100000275164669 Maria Cela

    Ang mahirap kasi kay Penoy, the Abnoy, ay panay lip service lang siya. Ano ang ginawa niya sa huweteng, sa FOI bill, sa corruption? Tuloy ang huweteng, isang taon na wala pa FOI, among his kaibigans balita rin sa corruption. Isa pang obserbasyon, napakabagal niya to accomplish things.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QHHHCMMPSJ7RJOKMDIMH7FS234 Marc HOwell

      bulag ka kasi… First of all bago maayos ang pamamalakad sa gobyerno kelangan linisin muna ang hanay ng mga opisyal at yan ang ginawa ng admin ni pnoy sa unang taon… COA is on the right path ngayon kaya mas dumadami ang lumalabas na kabulukan ng ibat ibang departamento na iniwan ng nakaraang admin… Kung maaayos ang nakapwesto at malinisan pa ang ibang kagawaran ng gobyerno… sa tingin mo di uunlad ang bansa?

      • John

        tama ka dyan. kahit na anong gawin ni Pnoy, kung mga nakaupo corrupt, wala ring mangyayari.

    • Juan Dalandan

      Maria Cela,

      Isang taon pa lang namang nakaupo ‘yung tao, hintay muna tayo. Hindi ba napatanggal naman ‘yung Ombudsman ni Arroyo at may mga heneral nang kinasuhan dahil sa korupsyon? Yung Truth Commission, naisulong naman, di ba (tinutulan nga lang ng Korte Suprema ni Arroyo)?  Yung sa RH bill, di ba sinususugan naman ng Malacanang yung panukalang batas?  Totoo, marami pang kailangang gawin pero hindi lang naman ang Pangulo ang dapat kumikilos diyan. Yung Freedom of Information bill, di ba tungkulin ng Kongreso na ipasa ‘yun? Bakit hindi Kongreso ang kalampagin natin?  Kahit nga si Obama, magdadalawang taon na sa pwesto, marami pa rin sa pangako niya ang hindi natutupad.  Wala naman kaseng mahika na magpapaalis ng lahat ng problema natin sa isang iglap. Hindi ako panatiko ni Noynoy Aquino pero sa tingin ko naman, maganda ‘yung hangarin nung tao at may ginagawa naman. Kaya hintay lang muna tayo.

  • Anonymous

    Yong pinag aksayahan nilang gumawa ng mga caricature at kung ano pa ay pagtatapon din ng panahon at kuarta. Siguro kung imbes yon ang gawin nila ay itulong nila sa mahihirap ay di mas maganda. Di yong sa kalye at magkalat ng basura at yong metro aid ay kayod kalabaw namang linisin ang pinagkalatan. Yon ba ang tuolng na sinasabi nitong mga militante? Ito ang mga ta-ong merong ugaling hihilahin ang Pinas paibaba.

  • Anonymous

    dapat sana ay kalabanin nila ang gustong umangkin sa spratlys…. kinabukasan ng buong sambayanan ay nakatayo dito…. hindi sa paporma sa mga lansangan at isigaw na kalaban ang sariling gobyerno. masakit isipin na ang iniisip ng gobyerrno natin ay ang kabutihan ng nakararami ngunit panay parin ang tira ng mga militanteng ito. 

    sana naman magbigay kayo  ng paraan para umangat ang bayan natin, hindi nanakatulong komunismo, lalo lang tayo binabaon niyan, iyan ang ginagawa ng mga tsino…… 

    palagay ko, kaya di nila tinira ang mga tsino dahil kasabwat ito sa pagiging komunista nila……

    kawawang sambayanan.

    • Don Dee

      Tama ka pare ko. Dun sila mag rally sa Spratlys, bibilib pa ako sa kanila!

    • John

      tanong mo sa kanila:
      1.  ilang factory na ang kanilang napasara
      2.  ano ang kanilang naitulong sa bayan
      3. magkano kanilang tinatanggap

  • Anonymous

    Kung meron mang mga economic loopholes na nakikita ang sambayanan sa kasalukuyang administration, ito’y mga epekto ng syam na taon na pagkasira dahil sa bagyong Gloria na mas malakas pa sa mga unos na dinulot ng Marcos era. I’m not defending the present administration, but if you will allow me to choose among the evils, I’ll still pick P-Noy Remember that he just inherited these problems from the previous administration. I don’t think anybody can pick a leader who is infallible.

  • http://twitter.com/CrocLolong CrocLolong

    sa pagging KALAT NA KALAT ANG KORUPSYON SA GOBYERNO SANAY MAITAMA ANG MARAMING NAKAWAN SA KABAN NG BAYAN. MABUTIT MAY NAITTANMA MGA KORUPSYON SA ADMIN NI AQUINO. DAMIDAMNG DPAT IKOREK. PGKATAPOS NI PENOY BAKA LHAT NG NAITAMA NILA BALIK NMAN SA  MRAMING NAKWAN. KYA 2LONG TAYO KAY PENOY KAHIT MABAGAL NGA DHAIL SA DAMING PROBLEMA.

  • Marc Howell Lerio

    Reklamo kayo ng reklamo na wala kayong makain samantalang ang mga materyales na ginamit nyo sa paggawa ng mga efigy na yan gaya ng pintura ay pera din. eh kung pinang kain nyo nalang sana yan eh di di sana kayo nag rereklamo na wala kayong makain… tsk tsk tsk… utak talaga grabe!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4QTV3BT5UNCEGW5YKPJHKBDTGE Jorell

    Ang mga militanteng yan ang salot sa lipunan.  Walang ibang ginawa kundi magreklamo ng magreklamo at wala naman mabuting ginagawa sa bayan.  Minsan kapag nakikita ko sila ay nagiging isang bayani si General Palparan.  Kailangan ng kamay na bakal sa mga salot na yan.  Meron naman silang mga kongresista na nanalo.  Saan kaya dinanadala ng mg komunistang tongressman ang mga nalikom nilang pork barrel???? Dada ng dada wala naman nagagawa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wong-Fei-Hong/100002527307006 Wong Fei Hong

    Long Live China!!!

  • Anonymous

    curious lang ako, simulat sapul nababasa ko na yan mga militanteng grupo na yan…ano ba contribution nila sa bansa bukod sa punahin lahat ng mali ng administrasyon kasalukuyan at yung mga lumipas? bakit hindi na lang sila bumoo na partido, kumandidato at tumulong sa pag usad ng bansa?

  • Anonymous

    even the Opposition win new Opposition come in… this is a trademark of Filipino..
    Allow our president to do what he can do for this time, for he just started being President of the Country…

    mag-rally kau sa China para mapakita nio Support nio sa Pinas…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000070929408 Josie Cruz- Sta Ana

    kaya lang naman nanggagalaiti yang kmu at bayan muna at iba pang kaalyado nila ay dahil hindi nanalo ang sinuportahan nila last election. Si villar ang sinuportahan nila kasi maraming pera. Kaya galit sila kay pnoy. Iisang taon pa lang nakaupo bilang presidente gusto nila malutas na lahat ng problema. Maganda ang ginagawa ni pnoy. nililinis muna nya gobyernong iniwan ng corrupt na si gma. Keep up the good work, pnoy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/arhjei 丰 袁

    don’t judge the picture by its figure!!!

  • noypi_07

    habang lumalala ang dispute sa Spratlys lalong lumalawak ang suporta ng Communist China sa mga miltant groups sa PH.

    nakakaawa ang mag militante na ito hindi nila alam sila talaga ang tunay na puppet…

  • Anonymous

    curious lang ako, simulat sapul meron ng mga militanteng grupo na palaging pumupuna sa mali ng gobyerno maging kasalukuyan o yung mga nagdaan.  saan nila kinukuha ang pondo para mag-rally, gumawa ng effigy? at kung ano ano pa at sa dami ng militanteng grupo, wala ba silang ibang ginagawa tulad ng hanap buhay?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001852991728 Cant Escape

    They have the right to express their sentiments. May katotohanan naman ang pinagsasabi nila at yun ang masakit para sa mga supporters ni Pnoy.

    Kanya-kanyang paraan yan para marinig ang mga hinaing at matugunan.They are not calling for the ouster of Pnoy, they just want improvement on his leadership.

    • http://www.facebook.com/titobobot Tito Bobot

      Improvement compared to who? Kung ang basis e si GMA ang laki na ng improvement ni pnoy. Expectation must be measurable to gauge performance. We need to push pnoy what vision he wants to accomplish during his tenure and lets measure it every sona.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

    These rebels without a cause are just a bunch of youthful adventurist,grandstanding on being unique among their peers and making themselves relevance on a Democratic society.Being critical on an issue is one thing,but making a career(monetary interest) out of it can be self destructive and the worst is availing yourself to be exploited.Of course,freedom of expression are guaranteed under our constitution but too much leaning to left will keel over or made you crossed that rubicon and with which,life will always be in a borderline…..It is not always late for us, to have sobreity on doing our contibution to the mouldings of PH society.Freedom is always there but must be guarded with zeal,without causing malice to anyone and chaos must not be apex of any struggles.To those who stands to critizise.please limit yourself to the rational of things otherwise,the volleys of critism against you will be valid…Policed your rank and stay on the limit of tolerance….Goodluck and Peace.

    • Anonymous

      Hanap buhay din namin to.. mga pare ko..arawan ika nga… dapat nga sana araw araw may sona para maging regular na rin yong sahod namin kaya galit kami kay PNOY kasi sa amin no work no pay din once a year lang sona, sana maintidihan nyo rin kami…hanap buhay lang to….cheerrrrssssssss….

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PGYRQ22KMEKPZV5KBE4ASEXKUI Muskcat

        ahhh. mag hanap ka ng ibang pg kakakitaan, tamad ka lang…. pg katulad mo buong bayan ala talagang mapapala. kahit pa si cristo ang president. salot ang katulad mo sa lipunan. TAMAD…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PGYRQ22KMEKPZV5KBE4ASEXKUI Muskcat

        dapat sau gawing fertillizer at least pakinabangan ka kahit ng lupa……….. LARAWAN ng walang ka kwenta-kwentang nilalang OZAMIS7…. Ahhhhhh, patay gutom.

  • Anonymous

    sige lang.. kung diyan kayo masaya, gawin ninyo, tutal nasa demokratikong bansa naman tayo. Pero para sa akin napakaaga para husgahan ang administrasyon ni PNoy. Ingat lang sa pagsunog niyang penoy ninyo baka kung saan mapunta ang apoy niyan. Kung ginawa ninyo na lang sanang effigy ni Lacierda, join ako sa inyo, sasayawan ko pa yan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/titobobot Tito Bobot

    Yan ang problema sa ating pinoy, mas marami ang reklamo kaysa sa gawa. Hindi magtra-trabaho ng mahusay, tapus sisiraan yung nakaka angat sa kanila. Wala ng ma contribute na maganda sa society, community or even to their closest family – naninira pa. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

    those who burned PNoy’s effigy are all troublesome communist. they are all democrazies. Kaysa magngangawa kayo dyan ay bakit hindi kayo mag-aral, magsikap, mangalaga sa kapaligiran, at tumulong kay PNoy at sa ating mga kababayan para umunlad ang ating bayan.

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